The seal of Catholic Distance University combines elements from the arms of Bishop Thomas J. Welsh, CDU’s founder, with symbols that represent our patron saints and our universal reach through online learning.
The three collegiate colors are red, blue, and black signifying: red for the Holy Spirit, source of wisdom and Truth; blue for Mary, seat of wisdom; and black for the ascetical discipline necessary for growth in wisdom and understanding of Truth.
The right side of the shield is from Bishop Welsh’s coat of arms. The arrowheads are adapted from the Welsh family coat of arms. The chevron with an arrowhead signifies the Bishop’s patron, St. Thomas the Apostle. The crowned humilitas is taken from the coat of arms of St. Charles Borromeo, the seminary where Bishop Welsh served as rector.
The book and sword are symbolic of our two patron saints: the sword for St. Paul, the Church’s first distance educator, and the book for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the founder of the Catholic school system in the United States. Printed on the pages of the book are the words Ex corde ecclesiae - the Apostolic Constitution issued by Blessed Pope John Paul II that guides CDU as an intellectual community and Catholic university.
CDU’s commitment to providing accessible education is symbolized by the globe. Through our online campus, our students and faculty come together to create a global learning community dedicated to the search for Truth and love of knowledge for the glory of God.
Beneath the seal lies the motto of the university, gaudium de veritate – Joy from the Truth, a phrase from Saint Augustine, expressing the spirit of the university.