Crest

The crest of the International Theological Institute is rich in symbolism. The motto of the International Theological Institute, “Sicut cervus ad fontes,” is taken from Psalm 42. “As a deer longs for sources of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and see the face of God?” (Psalm 42,2-3). The deer in the crest is drinking from the sources, just as our students “drink” from the primary sources written by the great masters of the theological tradition, from the Fathers of the Church to the present age. All of this is set within the symbol of the Papacy. Our degrees are granted by the Holy See and this “thirsting” and search for truth is set within the heart of the Catholic Church, faithful to the teaching of the Magisterium.