"I am doing now what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.”
- Brother Lawrence


Please dress business casual for all weekend activities. The evening gala on Saturday, September 14th is black tie optional.

Day One

Friday, September 13th

Pre-Conference Sessions: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
YCP Chapter Volunteers, Board Members, and Chaplains arrive early for leadership development on Friday morning before the Member Conference begins that afternoon. Pre-conference session details can be found here.

Confession Available: 9-10am, 12-1:30pm, 3-4pm.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is available throughout the day at the above times.

Member Conference Check-in: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Pick up your conference welcome package and event program to prepare for the exciting weekend ahead.

Opening Mass: 4:00 p.m.
Begin your conference experience with prayer during Mass.

Keynote: 6:00 p.m.
Harry Kraemer: “Undiverted from God”: Practicing the Presence in Life & Leadership.

Dinner: 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a meal with a new friend! Get to know other young adults in our YCP community. Friday evening dinner is not included in your conference registration.

Day Two

Saturday, September 14th

Confession Available: 8:15-8:45am, 11:30am-2:00pm, 4-5pm.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is available throughout the day at the above times.

Mass: 9:00 a.m.
Start your day by meeting Christ in the Eucharist during Mass.

Keynote: 10:30 a.m.
Sisters of Life: “Keep Your Mind in His Presence”: Practicing Spiritual Discipline

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided with dietary restriction options available.

Adoration: 1:00 p.m.
Spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration.

Breakout Sessions: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Explore what it means to practice the presence of God in these breakout sessions:

    • Sister Mary Clare, O.C.D.: “Lift up Your Heart to Him”: Drawing Closer to God
    • Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM: “Make Way for Grace”: Cultivating the Spiritual Life
    • Mark Balasa, CPA, CFP: “Give Yourself up to God”: Balancing Faith and Career
    • Tim Needles: “Return with a Full Assurance”: The Invitation of Divine Mercy

Evening Gala & Keynote: 7:00 p.m.
Join hundreds of Catholics from across the country for an evening to remember!
Raffles and fun activities will be available in the lobby outside of the ballroom beginning at 6:00 PM for all gala guests who are able to arrive early.
Doors open for seating and gala programming promptly at 7:00 PM. Enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing and a presentation from Lila Rose: Creating Contemplatives in a World of Activity

Day Three

Sunday, September 15th

Confession Available: 8:15 a.m-9:30, 12:30-2pm.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is available until mass at 9:30 am and then in the afternoon from 12:30-2..

Mass: 9:30 a.m.
Take time to reflect on all you’ve learned this weekend during the closing Mass.

Keynote: 11:00 a.m.
John Abbate: “From Knowing to Loving”: Living the Practice of the Presence.

Send Off & Blessing: 12:00 p.m.
Go forth equipped with the tools you need to practice the presence of God in your daily life!

A special track for business leaders and YCP supporters
on September 14th during YCP’s Member Conference

The Ambassador Summit at YCP’s Member Conference is our chance to thank the inspirational Catholic leaders who are such a vital part of this movement of the Holy Spirit. Through this unique opportunity, you’ll receive exclusive formation, spend time with the young professional generation, and network with like-minded Catholic leaders and spouses. End the day in the company of our national YCP community at our formal evening gala. Join us, and experience for yourself what it means to be part of this vibrant apostolate. There’s truly a place for everyone!

The Summit takes place at the Member Conference location:

Please dress business casual for all Ambassador Summit activities. The evening gala is black tie optional.

Email conference@youngcatholicprofessionals.org or call 469-607-3090.

Michael P. Warsaw


Michael P. Warsaw

Michael P. Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. (EWTN), the world’s largest religious media network based in Irondale, Alabama, USA. Using all facets of technology, EWTN’s global reach includes eleven television networks, shortwave, satellite and AM/FM radio services, online and digital media services, news and publishing.

Mr. Warsaw joined EWTN in 1991 and has held senior management positions in the areas of television production, satellite operations and technical services. He became President of EWTN in 2000 and assumed the post of chief executive officer in 2009. Mr. Warsaw was named chairman of the board of EWTN in 2013. In that capacity he oversees the Network’s strategic direction and mission around the world.

Mr. Warsaw also serves as chief executive or managing director of EWTN’s affiliate organizations both domestically and internationally. With the Network’s 2011 acquisition of the National Catholic Register, Mr. Warsaw assumed the role of publisher of that newspaper.

Prior to joining EWTN, Mr. Warsaw was employed by the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. While there he established the Basilica’s Department of Communications, serving as its first Director.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Catholic Distance University and the Napa Institute Legal Foundation. He is a charter member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Legatus.

In April 2017, Pope Francis named Mr. Warsaw a Consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications. In that role he serves as an advisor to the Holy See on communications strategy for the universal Church.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Warsaw completed undergraduate studies in religion and religious education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he also did graduate work in the field of Liturgical Studies.

Mr. Warsaw splits his time between Birmingham, Alabama and Washington, D.C. where his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, serves as Dean of the School of Music, Drama and Art of The Catholic University of America. They have two children-a son, Michael Warsaw, Jr. and a daughter Angelica Elizabeth Warsaw.

Jason Shanks


Jason Shanks

Jason Shanks is President of the OSV Institute. Prior to OSV, Jason served as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM). Here he successfully combined and reorganized five separate county-based Catholic social service agencies into one regional service agency that assists more than 20,000 people annually for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Prior to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Jason was Secretariat Leader of Evangelization and Parish for the Diocese of Toledo. Earlier in his career, his involvement in Youth Ministry and Business and Pastoral Administration provided him with strong parish experience.

Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Miami University, Oxford, OH; a Master's degree in Theology from Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from Mendoza College of Business of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis, IN.

Harry Kraemer, Jr.


Harry Kraemer, Jr.

Harry Kraemer is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry is the author of two bestselling leadership books: “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership” and “Becoming The Best: Build a World- Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership”.

Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs. He serves on the board of directors of Leidos Corporation, Dentsply Sirona ,OptionCare, Performance Health, Alcami and on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, The Conference Board, NorthShore University Healthsystem and the Archdiocese of Chicago Finance Committee and School Board.

He is a member of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a life director of Northwestern University. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Economics Club of Chicago. He is a past member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1979 and is a certified public accountant. For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management. Harry enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing and reading, especially world civilization. Harry, his wife Julie, and their five children live in Wilmette, Illinois. More info on Harry at www.harrykraemer.org

Michael & Cate Stefaniski


Mike and Cate Stefanski

Mike and Cate Stefanski are life long Catholics who have been married for over 26 years and parents to two young adult children. Mike and Cate both feel blessed for their faith, family, friends, Catholic education and professional business experience and see YCP as a way to pay forward for the next generation. They have been inspired by young Catholic adults they have met through YCP. In particular after a 30 year business career which included senior leadership roles at Verizon Communications, Mike is now mentoring, teaching and consulting with a particular interest in faith and business. Mike and Cate reside in Bucks County, PA.

2019 Ambassador Summit Schedule

Saturday, September 14th

Ambassador Welcome Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Ambassadors are invited to mingle with one another and young Catholics from across the country while enjoying lunch.

Adoration: 1:00 p.m.
Join us for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Ambassador Summit: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
While the YCP members are enjoying their own programming, Ambassadors are invited to a private two-hour session featuring an enriching presentation from Michael Warsaw: “By Faith We See Him”: Why Simply Believing Isn’t Enough. Immediately following the presentation, Jason Shanks, Michael Warsaw, and Harry Kraemer will host a dynamic panel discussion: "Gloriously Employed": Shepherding the Next Generation of Catholics. There will also be time to socialize and meet like-minded Catholics from across the nation! Copies of the book The Practice of the Presence of God will be provided.

VIP Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a private reception before the gala begins. Revisit your conversations from earlier in the day and toast to our vibrant national community!

Gala: 7:00 p.m.
Join hundreds of young Catholics, religious, and fellow Ambassadors for an evening to remember!
Enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing and a presentation from Lila Rose: Creating Contemplatives in a World of Activity