THE NEW LOGO AND THE PDDM IDENTITY
We are the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master. Our Congregation is a vital part of the Pauline Family initiated by Blessed James Alberione. Founded in Alba, Italy on February 10, 1924, our Congregation is currently spread throughout 29 nations in five continents. Our life is deeply rooted in the Eucharist. As disciples of Jesus Master, the Way, Truth and Life, we follow him in a spirit of communion, service and solidarity. Our participation in the Priesthood of Christ transforms our daily life into a living Liturgy, a living sacrifice of praise to the Father.
Animated by the Pauline sense of universality in our ministry of prayer and through various forms of animation and service, we strive to share our charism and the treasures of our consecrated life as woman disciples. The new Logo of our Congregation symbolizes our identity as Sister Disciples of the Divine Master and communicates a vital message.
The Logo depicts the salvation that springs forth from the Cross of Christ crucified who, in his glorified form, continues to recreate the entire universe. This saving event teaches us how to live the Gospel and provides our light for the interpretation of the entire history of humankind.
The PDDM initials contained in the Logo is the abbreviation of the Congregation’s official name in Latin, Piae Discipulae Divini Magistri, which is used internationally.
The new Logo is the fruit of the reflection, life experience, prayer and collaboration of the Sisters throughout the world who were involved in the research. A Commission established specifically for that purpose coordinated their contributions. The preparation of the final graphic design was entrusted to Sr. Maristella Sienicka, PDDM, with the assistance of Professor Eugenio Gianni, an expert in aesthetics and art theory, and a lecturer in the theory of visual communication.
The new Logo will replace the existing one. It will be used in the official documents of the Congregation and the various sites which make reference to our apostolic activities.
The New Logo
The Logo, a synthesis of various dynamic elements, is a sign-symbol through its form and color. The beholder easily perceives the spiral form when he/she visually connects the various segments. The image is open-ended and therefore, evokes a creative interpretation from the beholder. The spiral moves from left to right and opens up, exuding a note of hope.
An oblique line intersects the spiral. It moves downward towards the left and upward towards the right, forming the image of a cross in a plane perspective. In addition to the cross as a symbol of salvation, the design also evokes the image of the “bread” referred to by Jesus in Jn 6:35, “I am the bread of life.”
The spiral form, which represents the ever-expanding universe, and the symbols of the cross and the bread are linked together by the use of colors. The dominant color is red, symbol of love and the blood poured out in sacrifice by Jesus. The chromatic progression through the spiral design starts with red and goes on to orange, yellow, green and blue, following the colors of the spectrum.
The PDDM initials create an accent that captures the attention and places the symbol within a specific context.
Indeed, a harmonious and dynamic composition demands a perceptive sense that would allow the beholder to glean the true meaning of the color combination. The beholder is invited to contemplate the image as if it were a literary text.
The most holy Eucharist is the principal sacrament. It not only symbolizes and communicates grace like the baptismal water, but it also contains the author of grace, Jesus Christ, in his body, blood, soul and divinity.
The Mass, as a sacrament, renews the sacrifice of the cross from which grace springs forth. It becomes the food and the true nourishment of the soul. Its benefits are grace, joy, strength and the transformation of our life in Jesus Christ: “vivit in me Christus” (Christ lives in me).
Moreover, the Eucharist is not transitory. It is Christ permanently dwelling in the Tabernacle: “vobiscum sum” (I am with you), dwelling in our cities, towns and villages.
We must respond to this great love by participating in the Mass, receiving communion, and visiting the Lord in our churches.
Our Pauline life flows forth from the Tabernacle: the way it is to be lived, the way it is to be consumed by means of the Viaticum. Everything comes from the Tabernacle; without the Tabernacle, there is nothing.
Fr. James Alberione
Jesus Master, Our Center and Foundation
The crux of the Pious Disciples’ life and mission is Jesus Master who is the Way and the Truth and the Life. He called us to follow him, sending us to proclaim him to the world through a eucharistic-priestly-liturgical apostolate. This is in line with the Founder’s affirmation: “From one single love springs forth the three apostolates which are directed to one single end: love of Jesus living in the Eucharist, living in the Priesthood, living in the Church. And it is by Jesus Master that they are enlightened, nourished and guided.”
PDDM Constitutions n.3
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