Barry University's Shield History

The Barry University shield is a combination of the coats of arms of Bishop Patrick Barry and of the Dominican Order.

The three red bars in Barry's shield were taken from Bishop Barry's coat of arms. Shamrocks originally in the Bishop's shield were dropped in favor of the three books which symbolize the acquisition of knowledge. The Bishop's escutcheon was moved to the dexter (the right side of the one who bears it) of the Barry University shield, because in heraldry, this is the position of honor. The Dominican shield forms the sinister (the left side of the one who bears it) of the Barry University shield and indicates that the University is a Dominican foundation.


Dominican Order's Shield

Dominican order shield

The Dominican shield consists of four white and four black gyrons or triangles. These symbolize the unity of a body of people working together for the common good. The "cross fleury" (or cross with a fleur de lis at each end) superimposed upon the gyrons, signifies victory, duty and self-sacrifice. The sable or black of the shield symbolizes wisdom, silence, fortitude and penance. The light color (which could be white, argent or silver) signifies peace, purity, charity and sincerity. Sometimes, the motto of the Order surrounds the shield. It reads "Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare," which means "to praise God, to bless His people and to preach His gospel." Frequently too, the shield may also be surrounded by the six or eight pointed star which is the distinguishing symbol of St. Dominic.

The Dominican shield typifies the spirit of the Order which has taught the crucifixion of Christ and the wisdom and charity of the Cross for over eight hundred years.

Bishop Patrick Barry's Shield

The heraldic bearings of Bishop Patrick Barry, one of the founders of Barry University, bears his own emblem and that of the diocese of St. Augustine. It is adorned by shamrocks which represent St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland and the Bishop's patron saint, and are superimposed upon the red bars of his family coat of arms. These also symbolize the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit). The heart represents St. Augustine and the arrow represents Florida.

Bishop Patrick Barry's Shield