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The logo of the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation was created by the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation in response to Vatican Council II and the Vatican's subsequent request that Religious be identified by a visible symbol.

Vatican Council II asked the Catholic people to evaluate their living of the Catholic faith and return to the original and true meaning for rituals, etc. Many Apostolic Religious Congregations evaluated their habit or form of dressing. It was discovered that the original intent of the foundresses and founders was to dress similar to the people of their culture with some slight visible difference to indicate one's consecration to God in the particular Religious Institute. The dress was to reflect the gospel values of simplicity, modesty, and poverty. Since 1965 until the present time this has been done. In 1982 the General Chapter of the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation agreed on a common community symbol as illustrated above to indicate membership in the Congregation. The symbol represents:

The Cross represents Jesus Christ our Savior.
The M represents Mary, whose daughters we are.
The Oval signifies the Church and our Congregation.
The Cross is rooted in the earth where our lives and ministry take place.

logo of the Sisters of Mary of the PresentationThe Cross moving through the M signifies that we "go to Jesus through Mary". We confide ourselves to the Virgin Mary and we know that in abandoning ourselves to her we will be drawn to Christ. It signifies our desire to live united to Mary. We give her our hand and with her, we belong more intimately to Christ. Mary, furthermore, wants to lead us ever onward toward an ever deeper Christian holiness and an ever truer dedication to those who are called to become her children, to be saved in Jesus Christ. Mary is an intercessor to Jesus for the needs of our would. The ring of the Sisters of Mary also has the Cross and M united signifying the same.

The symbol is rich and is used internationally. Many other profound meanings may also be seen in it.

It has a copyright to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation and may not be used without permission.

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