The Villanova College crest consists of three Vs, the heart and an open book.
The large central V signifies ‘Villanova’ and the smaller Vs represent the College motto, ‘Vincit Veritas’ (“Truth Conquers”). The words were inscribed in a stained-glass window at the Whinstanes house where Villanova began in 1948.
Vincit Veritas was adopted as the College motto, because of its close relation to St Augustine’s dictum: “Quid gloriosius, fratres, quam subjici et vinci a veritate?” (“What is more noble, brothers, than to be conquered and governed by truth?”).
The book and heart are taken from the Augustinian Order’s coat of arms. The open book illustrates the quest for truth so ardently pursued by St Augustine: “Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee.”
The heart is the symbol of the love that inflamed his whole being and urged him to continue the quest until he was secure in the possession of truth itself.
College War Cry
Fr Seary OSA, Villanova’s first Sportsmaster, lives on in the daily life of Villanova students, especially those involved in any branch of the broad sporting program at the College.
Along with the naming of the Fr John Seary Oval at Tingalpa, Fr Seary OSA is remembered by the College war cry, which he wrote.
Below is a version of Fr Seary OSA’s handwritten copy of the war cry. He wrote the chant in the Hausa language, spoken by the people he worked with and loved in Nigeria for many years.
When the sons of Villanova gather in some other year, When the blue and purple night calls us to draw near, Loyal Sons of Villanova sign a hymn of praise, To our dear old alma mater and our College days. Brother truth you warmly gave us; On this rock our lives stand fast, Godly vision held before us, vision that will last, This believing and receiving – knowledge from above, Villanova, truth will conquer, but in all things love. When the final flag is folded, When the last roll call has been, When the paling sunset darkens o’er the gold and green, We shall come to alma mater in our dreams again, With a prayer for Villanova and a last Amen.