Coat of arms of the DIOCESE OF Eshowe

 

DESCRIPTION:

Benedictine Cross:

The missionary activity in the Diocese of Eshowe is attributed to the Benedictine monks who played an enormous role in spreading the gospel in Zululand.

 

Book of the Gospel:

The proclamation of the redemption preached by Jesus and the Apostles is the central content of Christian revelation.

 

Mushrooms:

Eshowe is originally known as Ekhowe, meaning a place of mushrooms.  Four mushrooms represent four deaneries making-up our diocese.

 

Ukhamba ‘claypot’ comes from mother earth as clay, and gives shape to liquids. It is a fragile container, a reservoir, and a protector of that which is valuable and good for physical and spiritual nourishment. It is a central piece in the rite of social fellowship among the Africans. It relates to the Eucharistic rite where we share, participate/take part and benefit together. So, if we eat and drink of the Lord we practically manifest our unity in the Lord which must be visibly in our lives.  

Motto:

Ora et labora-is the Benedictine Motto meaning work and pray