On March 1st, 2014 I celebrated my fourth year anniversary as the Spiritual Director of the Jornada Movement. To commemorate this special event in my life, I presented the Jornada Movement a gift of our new coat of arms. The coat of arms does not replace the Jornada symbol, which has been a rich tradition in our movement. Rather, the new crest is a formal way of expressing our identity and our mission.
Historically the coat of arms has been a way of identifying Holy Mother Church's leaders, institutions and organizations. The coat of arms are based on mission, history, ministry, and education. I am proud to present to you the Jornada Movement's Coat of Arms.
Fr James Kuroly Spiritual Director
The Jornada coat of arms are composed of three portions.
The Top The Red Cross with the four shells are in honor of the two diocese in which the Jornada Movement serves; the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Cross The red cross comes from the ArchDiocese of New York's coat of arms. In their coat of arms, there are four red crosses that symbolizes the Gospels and of the Church’s mission to bring “The Good News” to those entrusted to its care.
The cross is in red, the color which signifies love so as to underline the importance of love and charity on our pilgrimage on earth. It also symbolizes the cross of Christ as a central element in the Jornada. The Shells There are four shells surrounding the cross. It represents the 4 day Jornada lived by the Jornadista, one shell per day.
Each shell has a color that represents the colors seen in the cursillo movement's logo in which the Jornada was born. “De Colores”
There are many reasons for the shells. First it is in honor of the Diocese of Brooklyn in which the shell is seen in the crest of the diocese.
Secondly, in the Middle Ages anyone who made the pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James the Greater at Compostella was entitled to wear the escallop shell as a badge. The Jorndada means journey, therefore recalling the pilgrimage of the Jornadistas on earth.
Also, the shell is seen as a symbol of St. James in which tradition has that St. James brought the good news to Spain. As a Hispanic movement, Jornadistas turn to the intercession of St. James.
Finally, the shell is also truly heraldic, and a symbol which is often used to signify the flowing of water in the Sacrament of Baptism. The shell is a symbol of baptism and the journey of holiness to which all are called.
The Hill The golden hill represents Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration of the Lord took place. It is the Church of the Transfiguration that the Jornada Movement meet and is their home.
The Trees On top of the mountain are three pine trees taken from the coat of arms of the Salesians of Don Bosco. Saint John Bosco is the father and teacher of the youth. As a youth movement, St John Bosco holds a special place in the life of the Jornadista and their spiritual directors.
The three trees represents the three cardinal virtues: faith, hope, and charity.
Image of Christ The image of Jesus Christ with open arms standing atop the world is derived from the seal of the Congregation of the Mission of St. Vincent de Paul, (the Vincenetians) to which the Jornada Movement was founded. Usually presented along with that seal, although not depicted here, is the motto of the Congregation of the Mission, "Evangelizare pauperibus misit me Dominus," which is translated as "He sent me to evangelize the poor", the apostolic work of the Congregation of the Mission.
Bottom Right M The Right Side of the emblem, has a blue background which honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the Movement. It is to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her title of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States and patroness of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In the Gospel of Luke, Mary is portrayed as the first faithful disciple, the one who heard and heeded God’s word. . The gold M recalls the presence of Mary beneath the cross and her exceptional participation in the life of the Jornada Movement. Here appears a special emblem designed by the Blessed John Paul II. It has been included for special reverence and honor to Saint Pope John Paul II who had a particular love for the youth and in honor of the life, vocation and death of this great pope of happy memory. .
The great devotion of Jornadistas to the Virgin Mary is manifested in this manner, as it was also expressed in the motto of the Jornada Movement: Todo Jesus por Maria, Todo Maria por Jesus.
Motto Another symbol that often communicates the prelate’s mission, personal devotion or focus is the motto—a short phrase that is placed below the shield. This motto is found in Latin which is translated into “youth evangelizing youth.”