Sisters of the Poor

of Saint Catherine of Siena

Emblem

The Logo of the Congregation is composed of several symbols that reveal the strong Christocentric spirituality of the Sisters of the Poor and their being called and living in the name of charity.

In fact, the emblem, which is circular in shape, has the following elements: The lilies, the cross, The heart, the earth, the open book and the crown of thorns.

The Latin name of the congregation, “SORORES PAUPERUM A SANCTA CATHARINA SENENSIS”,  Blessed Savina Petrilli gave the name of Sisters of the Poor to the Institute because, as she herself says: “After those whom God has given us as a legitimate object of affection for the bonds of blood and spirit that we have with them, our brothers are the poor” (OC 1006).

Every Sister of the Poor is called to love with sentiments of intimate, deep love, with tenderness and respect: “The poor can be considered a mystery of faith like the Eucharist. Just as the Lord is present under the species of bread, so in the poor the Lord is present in some way, as a sacrament of His Presence (Cfr. OC 1007‐1008)

The Symbols

The heart with the flame

O coração com a chama

Remember that Jesus' heart was always an altar on which he offered himself to God as a victim of infinite adoration, taking upon himself our sin, our ingratitudes (Cfr. OC 213) and that the Sister of the Poor is called to love with a heart similar to Him.

The lateral lilies

Os lírios laterais

The lateral lilies are a sign of purity, of a life given to God in joy and gratuitousness

The open Book

O livro aberto

The open book with the inscription "UBI CHARITAS IBI DEUS" wants to emphasize that Charity, "soul of the Institute", is rooted in the Word of God and the Sisters of the Poor are called to breathe in charity, living in the first place among themselves in the most perfect union and then spending their lives in the exercise of charity towards their neighbor, loving them with the very heart of God (Cfr. OC 848).

The Cross

La croce

A sign of the love of a God who became man and who made himself totally in solidarity with humanity to the point of dying on the cross for it. She reminds every Sister of the Poor that Jesus is "Spouse of blood" (OC 219), he is the crucified love whose cross each is called to embrace by offering herself with the Lord on the altar of life for the salvation of souls (Cfr. OC 219; 121).

The crown of thorn

A coroa de espinhos

It represents the pains and sufferings that Jesus accepted in order to accept and carry out the Father's will to the end. The Sister of the Poor also gives all of herself, saying at all times like Jesus and with Jesus her "Here I am" to the father's will.

The land

A terra

In which the tree of the cross is planted, it represents the world to be evangelized and cared for through works of charity. The heart with the flame reminds us that Jesus' heart was always an altar on which he offered himself to God as a victim of infinite adoration, taking upon himself our sin, our ingratitudes (Cfr. OC 213) and that the Sister of the Poor is called to love with a heart similar to Him.