Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) welcomed 550 young professionals, priests, religious, and Catholic business leaders from all over the country for a weekend attendees are describing as invigorating, hope-filled, and transformational . This fifth annual YCP Conference, entitled “Thy Will Be Done” after the work of St. Alphonsus Liguori, challenged and inspired attendees to seek oneness and uniformity with God’s Will.
The conference took place at the Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas, from April 29 - May 1, 2022. Friday activities began in the morning with the National Leadership Summit (NLS) for more than 100 volunteer leaders who give generously of their time to run a YCP chapter in their city. Leaders shared learnings from the last year about growing their chapter communities while the Staff presented upcoming initiatives aligned with a 3-year vision for YCP's growth. The morning ended with a stirring keynote by Catherine Hadro from EWTN Nightly News about the critical link between being a good listener and evangelizing the Catholic faith.
On Friday afternoon, nearly half of the conference attendees arrived early to participate in a pre-conference workshop called Design your Life, hosted by Dina Dwyer-Owens, acclaimed author, speaker, and franchise leader, and former CEO and Chairwoman of Neighborly. The workshop guided attendees in concretizing and designing a plan to achieve their dreams, and motivated them to seek balance in all areas of their lives.
The main conference opened Friday evening with Mass celebrated by Monsignor Eugene Morris of the Diocese of St. Louis, one of YCP’s National Chaplains. Mass was followed by a welcome Happy Hour, giving attendees the chance to greet each other, network over drinks, and enjoy the mariachi band. Attendees next heard from Rob Hays, President & CEO of Ashford Hospitality Trust. Through his powerful and gripping story, Hays challenged attendees to reframe their view of suffering to see it as a vehicle for God’s Will for their holiness.