Our Lady of Hope Catholic School A National Blue Ribbon, K-8 school located in Potomac Falls, VA Messengers of Hope for the World!

Crusader Mascot

Crusader Mascot

Welcome to the home of the Crusaders! Our Crusader mascot was designed by our talented Art Instructor, Mrs. Pamela Skojec.


The image of the OLOH Crusader comes from Ephesians 6:10-17 (NAV) which speaks to the need to put on the armor of God.

“Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

“In Hoc Signo Vinces”

The in hoc signo vinces phrase on our Crusader’s shield comes from the crucial battle at the Milvian Bridge in 312 that resulted in Constantine I becoming the sole ruler of the Roman Empire and the establishment of Christianity as the empire’s official religion.

With rival forces at the Milvian Bridge, it was imperative for Constantine to win the battle for a successful military campaign. The eve of the battle, Constantine had a dream. He saw the sun, the object of his own worship, overshadowed by a cross. Inscribed below was the simple message of in hoc signo vinces or, “in this sign, you shall conquer.” When he woke on the morning of October 28th, Constantine had his men paint crosses on their shields. He went on to lead his soldiers to a tremendous victory that would later allow the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.

Our Real-Life Mascot

Sir William, fondly known as “Sir Billy,” is named for Father William Saunders, our founding Pastor. Keep an eye out for Sir Billy at school events!