|Country of Origin||United States|
|Aliases|| John Clark#5618|
Symbolism[edit | edit source]
The pile is borrowed from the ecclesial tradition of the Dominican Order, while the colors suggest the classic theological formulation "grace (argent) builds on nature (vert)," and vert helps to differentiate from the Dominican sable.
The bluebonnet stands for three things: (1) the Blessed Virgin Mary, (2) Texas, and (3) the fleeting nature of the beautiful gift of life.
The 8 pointed star is commonly used to stand for Mary as Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the Star of the Sea, while the bend chequy is a reference to the attributed arms of St. Bernard of Clairvaux; the colors are set to match the arms. The tower battlements with a star on top evoke the image of a lighthouse.