Our Symbols

The Holy Will of God



International Emblem

Designed by the renowned liturgical artist, Ade Bethune, Newport, RI

The emblem is molded in the sign of the cross, that being the beginning, middle and end of all that we do in prayer, ministry and community. It is made of pewter, which is a mixture of different ores forming a simple alloy; a sign of our unity in diversity; the giftedness of many cultures in scattered missions; beautiful simplicity in a complex world. Pewter is a soft metal. A sign of vulnerability with an openness to be marked with the joys and sufferings of humanity … an ancient metal of the poor.

The emblem's four extremities bear the imprint of gothic arches, symbol of our rootedness in the Church through our baptism and religious consecration, embracing all peoples from all lands.

On the back, hidden as it were, is our motto – The Holy Will of God – which is made known to us and through us in ordinary, everyday events and actions; transforming, challenging, nurturing, guiding.

In the center are the initials SJC (St. Joseph of Cluny), symbolizing that we as Cluny Sisters become the body of Christ, embracing both passion and death so as to experience and share life and resurrection.


  • This Gingko tree was planted in 1848 by Blessed Anne-Marie on the Motherhouse grounds in Paris, France. artist, Ade Bethune, Newport, RI


Gingko Tree

Firmly rooted in the fertile earth, exposed to sun and wind, this gingko has flourished for 160 years. It is a symbol of longevity, peace, hope and healing.

(The Ginkgo tree is seen as a phenomenon, a wonder of the world. It is an object of veneration, a sacred tree of the East, a symbol of unity of opposites. By some it is seen as a symbol of changelessness, possessing miraculous power, bearer of hope and of the immeasurable past, a symbol of love. Because of all its properties it is associated with longevity. )

Gingko Tree


Having read the life of Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey and after much prayer and fasting, Sister Stephanie's hand created a beautiful and sacred image of our Mother Foundress. The icon depicts Blessed Anne-Marie with the Constitutions of the Congregation in one hand and the cross of Evangelization in the other. The wood of the cross is also representative of the wood of Mana, the settlement founded by Blessed Anne-Marie in French Guiana during her work for the abolition of slavery.

While copies have been made and distributed throughout the congregation, the original icon was presented to Sister Marie Noel Lefrancois, Superior General at the time, at the Motherhouse in Paris, France.

Ginkgo Leaf