Parish Crest

SFX Parish CrestThe crest is closely linked to the Society of Jesus as the Church of St. Francis Xavier (SFX) was established as the result of an invitation from the Rt. Rev. Dominic Vendargon for the Jesuits to work in the Diocese of Kuala Lumpur. The Jesuit priests have continued to run the parish ever since.

The crest is made up of two distinct images inspired by the founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque from Spain. The first is an image of two wolves carrying a cauldron while the second is of the IHS monogram with the cross and nails.

Two Wolves and a Cauldron
The "Two Wolves and a Cauldron" was adopted from the escutcheon of the Loyola family. Above the arched entrance of the family castle in Spain was a carved block which had two wolves on either side of a hanging cauldron. These Loyola wolves may be accounted for in the relentless battle with wolves common in the surrounding forests making them an accepted emblem for the family. The boiling pot or cauldron symbolised hospitality, a virtue for which the Basques have been justly celebrated.

IHS Monogram
IHS are the first three letters “iota”, “eta” and “sigma” of the Greek spelling for Jesus. The name of Jesus – in its traditional monogram IHS – was chosen by St Ignatius to be the seal stamped on all letters and documents. This was used by him and subsequently by all members of the Society as an outward sign of the inner consecration of everything they did “in the name of Jesus”

The Cross and Nails
The cross and nails are traditional Christian signs, associated with the crucifixion of Jesus. Like St Ignatius called to be a companion of Jesus under the standard of the cross, every Christian, the parish community and the Church are also called to be companions.

The Colour "Green"
Green is the colour of nature and of new life. As the traditional church colour for hope, it signifies a parish community ever renewing itself on its journey to becoming a truly welcoming church in the name of Jesus.

[Source: Church of St. Francis Xavier - 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary Book]