What makes the upcoming Young Catholic Professionals Conference different than attending a local retreat day? Janine Hogan, YCP director of national events, explains the advantage of what the 2018 conference – which will take place Sept. 7-9 in Cleveland — can provide to those working and witnessing Christ in everyday life.
In just a few weeks, professionals from across the country will connect with Clevelanders on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School and navigate downtown landmarks as they celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary while learning more about her.
“The Young Catholic Professionals Conference is welcoming to everyone,” explains Hogan, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. “While the theme, prayer time and reflections are similar to the style of a parish retreat, it is the overall structure of the conference that makes it different. We aim to balance faith, fun and devotion. The conference is a form of interfaith evangelization and, at times, serves as a welcoming of Catholics back to the Church.” Hogan said there is a connection of belonging to Christ that most YCP members and conference goers find important to embrace. “Together they can learn from one another and learn through Scripture as they return to witness their faith at work and through their work,” she added.
The center of this year’s conference is: Mary, Star of Hope. Highlights for the 2018 YCP Conference breakout sessions include:
Friday, Sept. 7: Bishop Nelson Perez will celebrate Mass followed by the keynote address on having a spiritual connection to Mary during difficult times.
Saturday, Sept. 8: Author and syndicated Catholic radio talk show host Teresa Tomeo will give a devotional overview of the rosary and what it means when Catholics pray the rosary.
Saturday evening there will be a formal dinner themed as a birthday party in celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Sunday, Sept. 9: Dynamic pro-life philanthropist Sean O’Hare will provide a wrap-up to the conference with his talk, “Mary, Our Mother, Teacher and Queen.”