As Saint John Paul II noted, “the time has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization,” and those energies must seep into every facet of life, from home, to school, to the community. It especially needs to penetrate the world of work, in which most adults spend 30 percent of their day.
Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) is an organization that is on the vanguard of this mission, working hard to unite faith and work among Catholics in their 20s and 30s. It is an organization that leverages the example set by Catholic executives to encourage the next generation of professionals to have a deeper relationship with the Lord and to be courageous witnesses in imitation of Christ. What started in Dallas, Texas, as a local nonprofit has grown exponentially across the U.S.; and the response from young professionals in this area has been tremendous. YCP Silicon Valley, YCP’s 13 of 16 current chapters, now gathers more than 110 young professionals several times a month to attend executive speaker events, networking happy hours, and spiritual retreats. Its members are growing in confidence and commitment to their Catholic faith, and are stepping out into the workplace with the courage that comes from knowing they are supported by their peers, mentors, and spiritual directors.
This mission is of utmost importance because it targets professionals at a burgeoning stage of their lives. Many important life decisions are made at this time – including vocations, voting preferences, and career paths. Unfortunately, this generation is often making these decisions without the support and guidance of the Catholic faith. In fact, many young adults who call themselves Catholic do not know what they believe and do not have the confidence to live their faith publicly.
YCP responds to the challenge of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: “No one … can ignore the genuine difficulties which the Church encounters at the present moment. Yet in faith we can take heart from … the promise offered by a new generation of Catholics whose experience and convictions will have a decisive role in renewing the Church’s presence and witness in American society.”
Today’s young Catholic professionals are, after all, future business people who can bear witness to the Gospel in an increasingly secular age, future board members for Catholic schools, and future parents of our religious.
If this inspires you, please join YCP on September 5 at Saint William Catholic Church in Los Altos to hear from a local Venture Capitalist, Tim Connors, the Founder and Managing Partner of PivotNorth Ventures. If that date doesn’t work then please join us on September 19 for YCP Networking Happy Hour at Bennigan’s in Santa Clara. Follow @ycpsiliconvalley on Facebook or @YCP_SV on Instagram for updates, and encourage all the young professionals you know to attend and bring their friends!
YCP seeks an Assistant Director of Marketing. If you would like to volunteer, or if you are interested in being a speaker, email firstname.lastname@example.org.