Saint Augustine Shield of Arms

The shield of arms of Saint Augustine Parish, Barberton, was designed in 1981 by Father Michael B. Smith.

The background of the shield is white with a purple saltire. (A saltire, also called Saint Andrew’s cross is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross, like the shape of the letter X in Roman type.)  The central device is the symbol traditionally assigned to Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE), a red heart aflame, pierced by two golden arrows in saltire.  Beneath the heart are stylized waves recalling the parish church’s location on the shores of Lake Anna in the heart of the City of Barberton.

The design was conceived, executed, and produced for Saint Augustine Parish when Fr. Michael B. Smith was associate pastor there (1979-1984). Also noted, local color history played a role: purple.