Interested in the thought behind the new logo?
Its most obvious feature is the three red arches. These are an allusion to a subtle architectural feature of the St. Teresa Chapel; both the front and the back of the chapel contain this same pattern.
This is, in fact, an ancient Christian symbol, often used in churches and cathedrals throughout history. It dates back to Roman times, when generals would return to the city of Rome to celebrate a great military victory. The Senate would confer on the general a “triumph,” which involved a parade through the streets and a passage through a triumphal arch constructed to commemorate the deeds of the military commanders. Eventually, this practice was restricted to the emperors alone.
When Christianity became legal in the Roman empire, architects borrowed this visual imagery and used it for the entrance to their churches, symbolizing the triumphal entry of worshippers into the kingdom inaugurated by Christ’s victory over sin and death.
The portal into a church symbolically represents Christ, who said “I am the door,” and so passing through this doorway symbolizes not merely entry into a building, but entrance into the Christian community and all that it represents. Basing the logo on this symbol reminds us that first and foremost, we belong to Christ before all other earthly relationships and allegiances, and place our hope in him who reigns until “he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:25).
You may also notice the outline of a rose in the background. Roses are linked with the patronage of St. Therese of Lisieux, the patroness of the St. Teresa chapel and to whom Mrs. Teresa Didde was deeply devoted. St. Therese promised that even though she died young, she would spend her eternity doing good on earth, and send down a “shower of roses” into the lives of the faithful. Inclusion of the rose signals the protection of the Little Flower, who is also the patroness of missionary work.
The silhouette of the crucifix matches the processional cross used at Mass here at Didde. That cross is modeled on the crucifix often carried by Pope St. John Paul II, who tirelessly called for a New Evangelization in the Catholic Church. This New Evangelization was to be carried out first and foremost in countries and among peoples already exposed to the Gospel, but whose faith has been weakened or even lost over the centuries through secularization and a false division between reason and faith. It was a call, therefore, to once again find in Christ the meaning and purpose of our lives, and to re-awaken Catholics who have perhaps become drowsy! JPII also enriched and amplified the understanding of how to live out the gift of sexuality, which is a particular challenge for college students in our present culture.
As the Didde Catholic Campus Center prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its construction, it’s our hope that this new logo will chart the course for our presence on campus for decades yet to come.