St. Catherine University Seal
The St. Catherine University seal is reserved for the most formal occasions, appearing on University diplomas, institutional communications and ceremonial documents deemed appropriate by the Office of the President. It is not downloadable and may not be used as a graphic element without permission from the Office of Marketing and Communications.
The seal depicts a shield resting upon a pointed oval. The shield incorporates the three aspects of the University: the spiritual, the intellectual and the physical.
The spiritual is represented by the spiked wheel, symbol of the patron saint of the University, St. Catherine of Alexandria. To represent the intellectual aspect, the shield contains the flaming torch of learning, a design also used on the west doors of the first college building, Derham Hall. The fleur-de-lis on the shield represents the French origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, founding order of St. Catherine University. The wavy line is the physical symbol of running water that represents the Mississippi River.
The shield is connected with the outer oval at top and at bottom by a sword that passes under the shield and points upward. The sword is a symbol of the great apostle, Paul, and a charge from the coat-of-arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Draped about the blade of the sword above the shield is the motto Progressvm Tvtatvr Pietas , “Devotion to duty safeguards progress.”