Friday, September 7th

(Chapter Leaders Arrive During the Day; Members Arrive at Night)

  • *Breakfast On Your Own At Hotel
  • *8:00 a.m. Check-In for Chapter Leaders
  • *9:30 a.m. Chapter Leader Conference Sessions
  • *1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • *2:30 p.m. Chapter Leader Conference Sessions

  • 3:00 p.m. Check-In Begins For Members
  • 4:00 p.m. Mass
  • 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour Reception
  • 6:00 p.m. Conference Primer
  • 6:30 p.m. Welcome & Friday Plenary - by Bishop Nelson J. Perez
  • "Am I Not Your Mother?"
  • 7:30 p.m. Dinner in Downtown Cleveland!
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"Am I Not Your Mother?"

Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, M.Div., M.A., D.D., presently the Bishop of Cleveland, was born in Miami, Florida, of Cuban parents and raised in Northern New Jersey. He was ordained a priest of the Archdio-cese of Philadelphia in 1989. In 1998, he was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and Prelate of Honor in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. He obtained his degree in Psychology from the University of New Jersey at Montclair and Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. In June 2012, Bishop Perez was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and received Episcopal Ordination on July 25, 2012. He served as the Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Vicar for Hispanic Min-istry for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. While in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Bishop Perez served as pastor of St. William Church in Philadelphia and as pastor of St. Agnes, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was the founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, an Archdiocesan center for Adult Faith Formation Devel-opment and Lay Ministry Training. In addition, Bishop Perez served as parochial vicar of St. Ambrose in Philadelphia and assistant director of the Office for Hispanic Catho-lics. He taught courses in religion and psychology as an adjunct faculty member at La Salle University, and has traveled within the United States offering conferences on evangelization, lay ministry, leadership development, retreats and parish days of recol-lection. Bishop Perez was a member of the Corporate Board of Directors for Catholic Health Services; Vice Chair of Catholic Charities; Priests Personnel Board, the Pres-byteral Council and the Diocesan Advisory Committee for Hispanic Ministry of the Dio-cese of Rockville Center. A member of the United States Catholic Conference of Bish-ops, Bishop Perez serves as Chair-elect of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church as well as the Chair of the Bishop’s Sub-Committee for Hispanic Affairs and former member of the Bishop’s Sub-Committee for the Campaign for Human Development.


*YCP Chapter Teams Only

Saturday, September 8th
Conference Day:

  • Breakfast On Your Own At Hotel
  • 8:00 a.m. Morning check-In
  • 8:30 a.m. Mass
  • 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
  • 10:30 a.m. Saturday Plenary - by Teresa Tomeo
  • Our Heavenly Mother and Intercessor + Devotion Overview (featuring The Rosary)
  • 11:30 a.m. Rosary
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m Adoration & Confession
  • 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions, Round 1
  • Prayers: Hail Mary, Angelus, Memorare - by Father Ken Geraci
  • Apparitions: Lourdes, Guadalupe, Fatima - by Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz
  • Devotions: Rosary, Miraculous Medal, Consecration - by Father Ryan Richardson
  • 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions, Round 2
  • Prayers: Hail Mary, Angelus, Memorare - by Father Ken Geraci
  • Apparitions: Lourdes, Guadalupe, Fatima - by Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz
  • Devotions: Rosary, Miraculous Medal, Consecration - by Father Ryan Richardson
  • 4:00 p.m. Consecrate YCP to the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 5:00 p.m. Break To Prepare For Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Gala: Nativity Celebration - Cause of Our Joy
  • See more details below!
  • 9:00 p.m. Live Evening Entertainment
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Our Heavenly Mother and Intercessor + Devotion Overview (featuring The Rosary)

Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker. Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and is also carried on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Teresa co-hosts the popular EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C. Teresa has also been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show, discussing issues of faith, media awareness, and Catholic Church teaching, especially as it relates to the culture.

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Hail Mary, Angelus, Memorare

Father Ken Geraci, CPM lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a nominally Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Catholic Church for many years. During that time he earned a business degree and worked as a business profession in Advanced R&D and software testing; a few years into his career he joined a few of his co-workers in establishing a $4.5 million Internet software company. Focused on money, fitness, and success, he made little room for God; but God did not give up on him. During this journey, God presented him with challenges that forced him to question his personal beliefs and the question “What is Truth?” Through a series of conversions, years of struggle, study and questioning, Fr. Ken found his way from agnosticism, to non-denominational Christianity, and ultimately back to the Catholic Church.

Fr. Ken joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and was ordained in 2012. For two years, he served as an associate pastor of a medium sized parish and currently serves as a Missionary, webmaster and vocation director for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Ken has a great understanding of the personal and societal pressures that individuals face and knows what it is like to “hate coming to church.” His mission talks are for people of all levels of faith; from those who are madly in love with Jesus to those who struggle with church and religion.Check back later for details on this speaker!

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Apparitions: Lourdes, Guadalupe, Fatima

Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP is one of the four foundresses of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Her Community has grown from 4 to over 120 members in 17 years. As vocations director, she lectures and publishes on themes that employ Scripture, anthropology and psychology, speaking at youth conferences, parishes and to university students, religious women, priests, and seminarians. (www.sistersofmary.org)

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Devotions: Rosary, Miraculous Medal, Consecration

Fr. Ryan Richardson is a spiritual director for college age students and young adults in the Diocese of Dallas, Texas. He is currently the chaplain of YCP Dallas and Executive Director of the Catholic Worldview Fellowship, a Summer experience in Europe for talented college students who desire to evangelize culture. He graduated summa cum laude in 2003 from Loyola University New Orleans, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics and received the John X Wegman Award for Most Outstanding Business Undergraduate. After graduation, he volunteered one year as Director of Chapter Development for COMPASS, a national network of Catholic college students. He was named the program’s Executive Director in 2004 and in 2005 joined the Legionaries of Christ. During his years of priestly formation he has served as an Assistant to the Instructor of Novices in Cheshire, CT and co-founder of Upper Room Rome, an apostolate that networks English speaking Catholic college students in the Eternal City. In 2016, he graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. He was ordained a priest on December 10, 2016.

Sunday, September 9th
The Conference Wrap-Up:

  • Breakfast On Your Own At Hotel
  • 9:00 a.m. Mass
  • 10:00 a.m. Sunday Plenary - by Sean O'Hare
  • Mary, Our Mother, Teacher, and Queen
  • 11:30 a.m Blessing & Champagne Send-Off
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Mary, Our Mother, Teacher, and Queen

Sean O'Hare is a young, dynamic and influential speaker on the topics of pro-life, Christian apologetics, business and philanthropy. As a lifetime entrepreneur he has been founder and operator of multiple business ventures. His business interests have included technology, restaurants and cyber security. In the non-profit arena he is proud to serve as the Chairman of the Board for Students for Life of America. Students for Life is the largest pro-life organization dedicated to youth, high school and college students; with a presence on over 1000 college campuses! In addition, he recently acted as an advisor to the Vatican Library in Rome and in the past assisted the Council of Higher Education under Secretary Margaret Spellings. O’Hare graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rider University in 2003, where he played Division One Soccer and received the President’s Award. Upon graduation, O’Hare also was selected to deliver the commencement address. Sean has spoken at over 100 venues.

2018 Member Conference Gala Nativity Celebration - Cause of Our Joy

Cleveland, OH
Saturday, September 8th - Renaissance Cleveland Hotel


Join YCP for Mary’s birthday party on Saturday, September 8, 2018! Member Conference attendees and all supporters of YCP from across the nation are invited to attend our celebration honoring the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! It will truly be an unforgettable evening of dinner, drinks, dancing and joy- you don’t want to miss it!




  • When: 7:00pm-11:00pm
  • Where: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
    24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
  • Attire: Black Tie Optional


  • Individual gala tickets are available for purchase here. Each ticket includes dinner and 2 drink tickets (remaining cash bar).
  • Gala admission is included in many ticket levels as noted on the registration page.
  • Sponsorship of Gala tables is available. Details can be found here.
  • Questions? Email Janine Hogan
  • Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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    What do you do with $200, a garage, and a passionate desire to spread the message of Christ throughout the world? Start a Media Network!

    That’s just what Mother Angelica did in 1981 when she started the EWTN Global Catholic Network when she transformed the garage of her Poor Clare monastery in Alabama, into a TV network. Through God’s Providence, that humble beginning 37 years ago has become the largest religious media network in the world!

    EWTN’s 11 TV channels are now broadcast in multiple languages to over 275 million television households in more than 145 countries!

    EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through 500 radio affiliates worldwide including right here in Cleveland via AM 1260 The Rock!

    EWTN is proud to once again be a sponsor of the Young Catholic Professionals Member Conference here in Cleveland. The Network share’s YCP’s goal to inspire young people to grow deeper in your faith and to act as ambassadors for Christ in all areas of your lives, including the workplace.

    EWTN offers young adult Catholics a variety of programs such as Real Life Catholic with Chris Stefanick, You’re Amazing with Justin Fatica, Life on the Rock and EWTN Pro-Life Weekly. These programs and many other resources offered by EWTN will keep you engaged in the New Evangelization wherever you are!

    EWTN is a beacon of light in a world that is starved for the Truth. Though the medium may change, EWTN’s mission remains the same: putting the media at the service of the Gospel!

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    Kurtz Bros., Inc. boasts 70 years of experience in organic and industrial waste/by-product management & recycling, and landscape supply manufacturing & distribution. Beneficial reuse practices have become one of our greatest accomplishments. Kurtz Bros., Inc. successfully manages a multitude of waste products throughout the state of Ohio including wastewater treatment plant biosolids, construction & demolition debris, yard wastes and organics, concrete, industrial byproducts, and now sediment. As a multi-faceted industry leader committed to excellence in customer satisfaction, Kurtz Bros., Inc. will continue to provide innovative products and solutions to the waste-to-resource and soil-related industries we serve. With Northeastern Ohio distribution centers in Avon, Garfield Heights, Valley View and Willowick, and three locations in Columbus, Kurtz Bros., Inc. offers quality landscape materials, waste-to-resource services, and more, to businesses and homeowners throughout Ohio.

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    The Catholic Community Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by encouraging faithful philanthropy. We uphold the Diocese of Cleveland by providing financial support to the spiritual, educational, and charitable needs of people throughout Northeast Ohio

    Who We Support:

  • Catholic Charities: As one of the largest comprehensive health and human service organization in the region, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, carries out Christ’s healing mission for those who are hurting – people who are hungry, homeless, unemployed, facing addictions, elderly and alone, and people with mental and physical disabilities. Each year, Catholic Charities serves more than 400,000 individuals in need – no matter their background, race or creed. In 2017, the Catholic Community Foundation raised $14.1 Million for the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal.
  • Catholic Education: With the Gospel at its heart, Catholic schools provide a loving, nurturing environment where the entire community of parents, teachers, students, and supporters are committed to academic and personal success. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is the fifth-largest Catholic school system in the United States and the largest private or public school system in Ohio. More than 3,100 students receive needs-based tuition assistance annually, thanks to the generosity of donors who believe in the value of Catholic Education.
  • Catholic Worship and Formation: Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, located in Wickliffe, remain an important house of formation for the Church of Northeast Ohio. Men who live, pray, and study in preparation for the priesthood learn to speak the language of the Spirit that reaches into the hearts of their brothers and sisters in Christ. In addition to priestly formation, the seminaries provide formation for deacons as well as lay men and women.
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    Our Sunday Visitor is a not-for-profit Catholic company offering products and services designed to accompany Catholics of all ages on their journey toward missionary discipleship. The mission of Our Sunday Visitor and the Our Sunday Visitor Institute is: to serve the Church. Established in 1912, Our Sunday Visitor publishes Catholic magazines and newspapers, a wide range of books, Bibles, and Vatican documents, along with Spanish, Bilingual, and English religion curriculum and sacrament preparation materials, all designed to create lifelong opportunities for encounter with Christ. Our Sunday Visitor also serves the Church through a variety of parish products and services such as websites, online giving, and complete communication, stewardship, offertory programs, and consulting. The Institute demonstrates its commitment to the mission by applying it to the pastoral needs of the Church today through grants funded through proceeds earned in the sale of these products and services.

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