Coat of Arms

The Salesian coat of arms appeared for the first time in a circular letter of Don Bosco on December 8, 1885.

The shining star, the large anchor, and the heart on fire symbolize the theological virtues; the figure of St. Francis de Sales recalls the patron of the Society; the small woods in the lower part reminds us of the Founder; the high mountains signify the heights of perfection toward which members strive; the interwoven palm and laurel that enfold the shield on either side are emblematic of the prize reserved for a virtuous and sacrificial life. The motto Da mihi animas, caetera tolle (Give me souls, take away everything else) expresses every Salesian’s ideal.