“Mary, Star of Hope” was the theme of the 4th Annual Young Catholic Professionals 2018 National Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio. YCP members from all over the country gathered September 7-9 on the beautiful campus of St. Ignatius High School.

Catholic Community Connection, along with partner organizations Catholic Charities, Rose-Mary, Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the Village of Marymount, Regina Health Center, Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center, Notre Dame College, John Carroll University, Ursuline College, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, and the Catholic Cemeteries Association, supported the conference with a sponsorship.

This year’s conference featured the Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, Sean O’Hare, Chairman of the Board for Students for Life, and national Catholic talk show host and motivational speaker, Teresa Tomeo. The schedule also included prayer and worship.

Jeff Gleason and Marian Rubin, CCC President

Megan Bolin, Cleveland YCP Chapter President, was inspired by the number of national attendees and believes the conference will have a very positive impact “We have over 360 Young adults from across the country. Two hundred flew into Cleveland and the fact that so many Young Adults share our Catholic Faith stirs so many emotions, such as gratitude, hope, and the over whelming feeling of our Catholic Identity is something much greater than I can put into words. It’s been incredible to see young adults from Cleveland networking with young adults from across the country and felling how grateful they are to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Why do so many young adults feel drawn to the Blessed Virgin? Jeff Gleason, one of the founding members of the Cleveland chapter, shared that “Mary was a special connection, whether it be motherly love, or a different and unique connection. There are not many of these types of conferences across the country…great opportunity for young adult professionals across the nation to connect and make friendships that last a lifetime.”

Catholic Community Connection was grateful to witness this amazing gathering of faith-filled young adults.