The Mazenod Crest is rooted in our founding principals.
The original Mazenod College crest was designed by the first Rector of the College, Father James FitzPatrick in 1966. He chose the colours of black white and blue to represent the new college and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
[Perhaps a photo of the first Rector here would be good?]
Fr FitzPatrick wrote these words to explain the various emblems on the Mazenod badge.
“The College Badge aims at simplicity. In honour of France, the country of Bishop de Mazenod for whom the college is named, there is a band of five fleur-de-lys along the top, one for the Oblate Fathers and one each for the four foundation parishes. The centre features the Cross, the Christian symbol, worn by all Oblates of Mary Immaculate who direct the College, and on it is mounted the emblem of the State of Victoria, the Southern Cross on a blue background, the colour of Mary Immaculate. The letters O.M.I. appear around the foot of the Cross indicating the Oblate service of Christianity. The motto is taken from the writings of Bishop de Mazenod, his Preface in the Rules and Constitution of Oblates.
The full sentence reads: “Nihil linquendum inausum, ut proferetur imperium Christi, et everetur imperium diaboli” i.e. “Leave nothing Undared that the Kingdom of Christ may be advanced, and that of the evil one overthrown.” We have taken the first three words “Nihil Linquendum lnausum” – “Leave Nothing Undared. The College colours – black, white and blue – appear in the badge. All in all, it is a strong uncluttered badge with an inspiring motto.”
In 2018 a the College Crest was refreshed to reflect the new era of the College after its 50th Anniversary.
Fr Fini explained the changes:
“The refreshed Crest is faithful to the main components of the original crest: Five ‘Fleur de lys’ in honour of France, the country of Bishop de Mazenod, with one representing the Oblates and one for each of the four founding parishes. The increased prominence of the Cross represents the importance of our faith and is also significant to the Charism of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The State of Victoria shield has remained on the cross with the traditional blue to represent Mary. However, another shade of blue has been introduced. ‘OMI ‘ has been placed at the foot of the cross symbolising the Oblate service to the community and the decision was made to keep the motto in Latin, ‘Nihil Linquendum Inausum’ in latin or ‘Leave Nothing Undared.’”