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St. Patrick's High School

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Flag
July 5, 2001
Vol. IV, p. 128

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Blazon

Arms

Argent a saltire Gules, on a chief Vert between two maple leaves a monogram composed of an annulus enclosing the letter M and surmounted by a Latin cross Or;

Motto

RELIGIO ALIT ARTES;

Flag

Argent a saltire Gules, overall an escutcheon of the Arms;


Symbolism

Arms

The arms and flag have been used by the school for many years. The red saltire on white has been associated with St. Patrick for many centuries, particularly in the Union Jack and in the insignia of the Order of St. Patrick. To this has been added a green chief (a colour associated with Ireland and Ontario) with two maple leaves and the insignia of the Oblate Congregation, which founded the school. The insignia is formed by an overlay of the three letters of the congregation’s name: Oblati Mariae Immaculatae / Oblates of Mary Immaculate / Oblats de Marie Immaculée.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Religion nourishes the arts”.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on February 22, 2003, in Volume 137, page 517 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of John Pollock, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Debra MacGarvie

Calligrapher
Karen Mackay


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Elementary & Secondary