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It features three symbols in a triangle shape, over a blue background. The most prominent feature, at the top of the triangle, is the sun with the letters IHS in the middle. The symbol represents the Jesuit order, of which he is a part of.

On the lower left hand side is a five-point star, which along with the blue background, symbolizes the Virgin Mary. On the right hand side, is a grape vine symbolizing Jesus as the grower of the Faith.

Beneath the crest is his motto in Latin which means “Lowly and yet chosen,” referring to a passage from the bible of when Jesus chose Mathew as a disciple. Matthew was a tax collector who left behind earthly riches to preach the Gospel.


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