Newman College Seal

The seal of Newman College Ireland consists of a shield divided into four quadrants and the motto, Puritas et veritas, both encircled by a green band inscripted with “Newman College Ireland” and the date of its founding, 2014.

The four quadrants of the shield represent what Newman College is really about.

In the top left is an open book on which is written Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. This is representative of the Sacred Scriptures as well as the college’s commitment to work in the light of Christ, the beginning and the end, who is Truth.

In the top right is the coat of arms of the Holy See, the Papal tiara and the two keys, representing Christ’s gift of the keys to St. Peter. This portrays Newman College’s obedience to the Papacy and the Magisterium of the Church. These two, the book and the Papal coat of arms represent Scripture and Tradition.

In the bottom right is the coat of arms of Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. When made a cardinal he did not have his own coat of arms designed but rather adapted this one from the 17th century which he had inherited from his father. It is understood to be a representation of the Trinity. The two hearts above as the Son and the Holy Spirit who outwardly and inwardly reveal the Father, the heart below, to us. It is also linked to the motto of Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman, Cor ad cor loquitur, “heart speaks unto heart”.

In the final quadrant is the Celtic Harp, the symbol of Ireland found on the Irish coat of arms. These two bottom quadrants represent the college’s dedication to the Irish people and to the idea of a university put forward by Newman himself. Thus the four parts of this shield portray Newman College Ireland’s dedication to God, the Church, the Irish people, and the vision of Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman.

The motto, Puritas et Veritas, “purity and truth”, comes from Newman’s own writings. A theme he often expressed was the Christian’s search for purity, both bodily and spiritually, as well as truth in all things. It also reflects the mission of Newman College to be a light to those in darkness, or rather a pure reflection of the light that comes from the truth of Christ.

The seal, then, strives at a clear representation of the mission of Newman College Ireland to assist in Christ’s call to all Christians: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”