Emblem of the Congregation
From the time of our foundation until 1877, a very simple emblem was used consisting of the letter M in reference to Mary which culminated on the top with a small cross or crown.
In 1877 an emblem designed by Father Juan de la Concepción Calvo was approved. The meaning was as follows:
- The letters M. S. I.: Initials for the Latin title Maria Salus Infirmorum (Mary, Health of the Sick)
- The staff and banner represented our patronsSaint JosephandSaint Johnthe Baptist
- The heart represented Saint Augustine
- The flames pierced with two arrows: a symbol of love, signifying that our hearts should be aflame with love for God and neighbor.
In 1913 modifications were made, resulting in the Emblem being used today.