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Saint Dunstan's Academy Crest

The Crest

Our school’s crest is a tribute to St. Dunstan’s musical sensibility, craftsmanship, and a life devoted to Christ’s Church. Boys at St. Dunstan’s will be called to live faithfully in his legacy, and learn to pursue the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in many of the ways of our patron saint.

The sword and shield refer to the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6, and are a reminder that we are all called to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12).

The bell, hammer, and anvil are references to our Benedictine commitment to “ora et labora,” prayer and work, and the apostolic injunction to “work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need (Eph. 4:28).

The harp reminds us of the centrality of music for shaping our affections, and the call to sing to one another “in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph. 5:19).

St. Dunstan’s Motto

“Vitam Abundantius Habere,” adapted from John 10:10, translates “that they might have life more abundantly.” Our desire for every St. Dunstan’s boy is that they would daily experience the abundant life of Christ in his Church.