The logo that was created as part the 150th anniversary of the parish of St. Boniface reflects and describes the values and history of our dynamic community.
Integrating images of the guiding power of Saint Boniface and Saint Philip Neri, the centrality of the vibrant parish that is our community's heart, the joyous charism of the Oratorian community, and our deep commitment to and love of Brooklyn, the logo shows who we are, where we have come from, and the future we are making together.
The logo shows who we are, where we have come from, and the future we are making together.
The inverted red shield represents the martyred Bishop, St. Boniface, Apostle of the Germans. While its shape echoes the gothic arches that are a major element of the architecture of the 1872 Patrick Keely Church, it also forms the shape of a Bishop's hat or miter.
At the center of the logo is the image of the flaming heart, symbol of St. Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratory. The imagery derives from the seminal conversion experience of St. Philip: one night while he was at prayer, deep in the newly reopened catacombs in Rome, he felt the Holy Spirit descend through his mouth and lodge in his heart. For Philip, this experience was an affirmation of God's love for him and his burning love for God and others.
The heart is open - open to Brooklyn and open to the future. At the center of the heart is the distinctive Jerusalem Cross, which echoes the cross that dominates the sanctuary of St. Boniface church. Christ is at the center of our journey, ad lucem per crucem - to the light through the cross.
The crown intersects the lower corner of the flaming heart, representing the county of Kings in Brooklyn.
The lower band of the shield not only anchors the miter, but shows via the three stars, part of the Neri family coat of arms, that our mission is guided by the charism of Saint Philip, the patron Saint of Joy and the Apostle of Rome.