32nd Annual
National Youth Conference

Diocese of California | Central Valley Youth Group - Mar Zaia Cathedral, Mar Addai & Mar Gewargis Parishes

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Keys to the Kingdom

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
(Matthew 13:11)
Logo Explanation

This year's logo embodies the theme chosen: "Keys of the Kingdom," surveying the seven sacraments of the Assyrian Church of the East.

The Holy Cross (Church of the East style) is at the center of the logo. Together with the foot of the Cross, it forms a 'key,' opening the heavenly gates found in the background. The rays of the sun (indicative of the East--the geographical origin of the Church of the East) permeate through the heavenly gates.

In the top of the Cross is the descending dove--a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that sanctifies both the sacraments and the faithful. In the right arm of the Cross is the extended right hand, symbolizing the sacrament of the priesthood and holy orders. It is the priesthood the acts as the sacred instrument of the Holy Spirit to bring about the holy sacraments. In the left arm of the Cross are the bread and cup, symbolic of the sacred mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is the Eucharist (Holy Qurbana) that is constitutive of the Church, and the principle mode of presence of Christ in the Church.

Underneath the Cross is the Biblical quote Matthew 13:11: "...It has been given to you to know the mysteries (Raze) of the Kingdom of Heaven..." The above verse is what the seven sacraments embody.

Impressive team efforts

Meet the Central Valley Youth Group Conference Committee

Rev. Fr. Genard Lazar CVYG Coordinator
Katrena Banyamin CVYG President, Hotel Accommodations & Drug Panel Coordinator
Mathew Joseph CVYG Treasurer & Outing Coordinator
Joseph Hermiz CVYG Secretary & Registration/Marketing Coordinator
Rosemary Elias Transportation & Sports Day Coordinator
Kristin Mar-Elia Schedule/Registration Coordinator
Deacon Gvargis Yaco Provisions Coordinator
Steven Lelham Marketing & Registration Coordinator
Stephanie Hormez Media Coordinator

Conference locale

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32nd National Youth Conference