Jawanza Stuart from Dominica is the winner of the logo competition for the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly (AECYA) 2022.
President of the AEC, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau presented him with his prize at the Bishop Arnold Boghaert Catholic Centre.
Due to the continued uncertainty that is being faced in light of COVID-19, the AECYA, which was due to take place in Dominica July 2021, was postponed until 2022.The AEC Youth Assembly is the region’s premier gathering of Catholic youth and young adults.
According to Catholic Standard, the inspiration for the AECYA came from World Youth Day (WYD), the worldwide gathering of Catholic youth and young adults and was first held in Curacao in 1999.
In 2003, it was held in Trinidad and Tobago; 2009 in Jamaica; 2012 in St Lucia; 2015 in Antigua & Barbuda; and 2018 in Martinique.
The Assembly’s purpose is to put youth in the forefront, helping them to reaffirm their Catholic identity, and see themselves as vibrant Catholic youth in the region living their call to be disciples.
The artwork has double representation with an illustration of an open Bible and two people holding hands (blue signifying faithfulness and purple signifying devotion) with the fire symbolising the Holy Spirit. The half circle shows up as a smile which signifies life, a youthful joy and happiness which we radiate to people of all walks of life resembling the face of Christ.