St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu, Original Crest
The Crest of St. Xavier’s College, as it is used now, was originally developed and built by Fr. James J. Dressman, S.J. and Fr. Ed Niesen, S.J. when the Jesuits were invited to start their first school in Godavari. This Crest represents the whole meaning of the Jesuit education enterprise in Nepal.
The Crest is made up of various images with deep symbolic meanings.
The White “X”:
The White X represents St. Francis Xavier who is the patron of St. Xavier’s Godavari and also the patron of St. Xavier’s College.
The Himalayas, Hills and the Terai:
The Himalayas supply water for the fertile fields of the Green Hills and the Tarai. It is also the country’s greatest resource. This image carries with it all the symbolism of fertility and nourishment, both natural and intellectual.
The Golden Color below represents the Tarai which is known as the Golden Bowl of Nepal.
This is the official seal of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In the Crest, it symbolizes the history and tradition of the Jesuits who are the forerunners of modern university education and is active at present in 114 countries in the world.
IHS is the monogram for Jesus and is placed inside the Jesuit Sun.
Fountain and Lotus representing Godavari:
This image was inspired by the ever-flowing fountain of water sprouting up from the fish pond swimming pool in front of Xavier Hall, Godavari. The ever-flowing spring represents continuous growth of the students. The water springs up out of a lotus with its symbolism of knowledge and purity.
Lamp of Knowledge:
This represents not only producing not just knowledge, but also the wisdom to know how to use knowledge. It also means that wisdom and knowledge gained in the school/ college must be used to light up the lives of others.
(Presented by James J.Dressman, S.J., February 2, 2014)
Explanation of Nepal Jesuits Institutions’ Motto, LIVE FOR GOD AND LEAD FOR NEPAL
Live for God –
This phrase signifies one’s relationship with God and the need to be connected to the Almighty. Our life is a gift from God and we must live in such way that it is pleasing to God. It calls each Xavierian to be spiritual in all that he/she does.
Lead for Nepal –
This phrase signifies one’s responsibility towards the nation and the call to be a true citizen of our great nation. Each Xavierian is expected to be examples of true citizenship and lead from the front for the welfare and growth of the nation.
(The Motto ‘Live for God, Lead for Nepal’ was developed by Mr. Chiranjeevi Karki in 1964. He was in class seven at St. Xavier’s Godavari, then. )