Franciscan School of Theology

Tau Cross

St. Francis of Assisi used the Tau for his signature and as the key symbol of what all Franciscans are called to be. It is one of the smallest letters of the Greek alphabet and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. For Francis, the Tau resembled the cross of Christ and reminded him of the smallest and poorest of the world. It is in our poverty that we become, like Jesus, the Image of the Divine. The Tau for Franciscans is both a reminder of our commitment to stand with the poorest of the poor and of the promise Jesus made to the needy and broken-hearted, that in the Kingdom, “…the last shall be first and the first shall be last.” It is our hope and our goal that in educating and forming the whole person, the presence of Christ is revealed through and in the ministerial life of each of our graduates.