Our Congregational emblem weaves together a series of symbols representing ideals integral to our Felician spirituality and to our lives as consecrated women dedicated to God and the Church.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary, to whom the Felician Congregation is dedicated, is pierced by a sword—a symbolism summed up in the words of Simeon to Mary, “this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted, and you yourself a sword shall pierce.” (Luke 2: 34 – 35)
Central within the Heart of Mary is the cross of Jesus and a host, symbolic of the Eucharist that is at the very heart of our consecrated life and the focal point of our spiritual heritage. The cross reminds us that we are called to a continuous conversion of heart as we seek to do God’s will in our daily lives.
Two pierced hands are also featured within the heart. The outstretched pierced hand of Jesus is a symbol that Jesus calls us to live His love in service to others as we seek to cooperate with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world. The second pierced hand is that of Saint Francis of Assisi, a symbol of our Franciscan heritage as we follow Jesus in the example of Saint Francis, living Franciscan values and virtues of faith, prayer, poverty, humility, and simplicity.
The flames emanating from the top of the heart remind us that our hearts, like Mary’s, are on fire with the love of God and one another.