Significance of the School Seal
White and blue, the colors symbolic of Our Lady, are the main colors in the seal of Immaculate Conception High School. The central element is a silver crescent, an age-old symbol of the Immaculate Conception, derived from the lines in Apocalypse: And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Apoc. XII. 1)
Between the horns of the crescent is an open book, an accepted symbol of learning and knowledge. This book was derived from the original coat of arms of Bishop John J. O’Connor, the bishop who invited the Felician Sisters to teach in the Diocese of Newark.
The wavy lines of the chevron, equivalent to water in heraldry, coupled with the red millrinds, indicate that Lodi was founded and established around the waterpower of mills. Robert Rennie, a French dyer, is credited with building the mills and naming Lodi for Napoleon’s victory over the Austrians at the Bridge of Lodi. The present school is located on the original site of these mills.
The insignia of the Felician Sisters appears in a prominent position on the shield which is in accordance with the custom of appropriating this section of the school shield to the teaching community of the school.
The motto, Felix Sapientiam Petendo, printed below the shield, may be translated Happy in Seeking Wisdom. It is a play on words since Felix is the Latin root from which the name Felician is derived.
School Colors: White and Blue
School Motto: Felix Sapientiam Petendo | Happy in Seeking Wisdom