Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) is a national ministry founded in response to Pope Benedict’s challenge to foster “a new generation of Catholics.” Our mission is to encourage young adults working in various professions to Work in Witness for Christ. YCP Orlando Chapter consists of young adults in their 20s and 30s, single and married, who are highly motivated to achieve personal and professional success while seeking a greater understanding of their Catholic faith. We also welcome professionals who may not be Catholic, but are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.

Catholics in their 20s and 30s today represent business leaders, philanthropists, young families and so much more. The future of our Church and its role in American society rests on whether or not this generation decides to embrace the gift of their faith, living it in all its fullness in their workplaces, homes, and social networks. Central to YCP’s mission of engaging young Catholic leaders is the importance of connecting them with seasoned Catholic professionals who have already made the choice to live out their faith in all aspects of their life. YCP offers its members an avenue to engage with prominent Catholic executives in a way that is unique among young adult ministries. YCP brings young adults together for a variety of events to foster Catholic identity, encourage community and inspire action. Our events include: Networking Happy Hour, Executive Speaker Series, St. Joseph the Worker Retreats, Service Projects and a National Members Conference.

As an organization, we have a Membership program. Member benefits are exclusive programs that help develop the spiritual, professional, and social lives of our ministry’s most committed supporters. Members gain valuable access to YCP’s network of Members nationwide in addition to the benefits provided within their city. Please go to http://www.youngcatholicprofessionals.org/membership to learn more and register.

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  • Upcoming events

    Executive Speaker Series: August 7, 2018
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at 07:00 PM

    Executive Speaker Series: Isabel Fernandez

    Isabel Fernandez, PhD. is the Director of Mission Effectiveness for the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orlando. She is responsible for oversight of Catholic identity, campus ministry, religion curriculum and the professional development of faculty and catechists in matters of religion and faith formation. For 15 years, she has been involved in various aspects of catechetical formation of children and adults as a Director of Faith Formation for and a facilitator for catechist formation.

    Dr. Fernandez is an adjunct professor for Saint Leo University and Loyola New Orleans; she graduated from the University of Dayton in Ohio (PhD. In Theology) and Florida State University (M.A. in Religious Studies). She lives in East Orlando with her family and awesome dogs. 

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    All young professionals are invited to join YCP Orlando for our Executive Speaker Series! Come network with other young professionals and listen to great insights from our speaker!

    WHY ATTEND:
    - Free wine & beer 
    - Learn about their story and how Catholicism has played a key role in their career
    - Meet young Catholics committed to professional growth
    - Be a part of this challenging and inspiring community 

    EVENT SCHEDULE:
    - 7:00pm: Networking with Free Beer & Wine
    - 7:45pm: Presentation/Q&A with Presenter

    We encourage professional attire at YCP events. All young professionals in their 20s and 30s are invited to attend this free event. See you there!
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    Networking Happy Hour: Ceviche Tapas Orlando
    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Ceviche Tapas Orlando in Orlando, FL

    Networking Happy Hour: Ceviche Tapas Orlando

    Please join us for our second Networking Happy Hour event at Ceviche in Downtown Orlando! The event will be August 21, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm. YCP Happy Hours are a great way to meet young professionals, enjoy drinks, and have great conversations after work! This community shares job opportunities, strengthens each other in our faith, and challenges us to grow as Catholic professionals. 

    Admission to this event is FREE! Food and drinks will available at extended happy hour pricing! 

    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
    - Business casual attire
    - Bring Business Cards
    - Bring a Friend

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Orlando Leadership Team

Anne Olszewski

Chapter President

Maureen Furino

Director of Membership

Matthew DeSalvo

Director of Technology

Georgina Perticari

Director of Finance

Catherine Chu

Director of Operations

Michael Fleming

Director of Marketing

Megan Flautt

Director of Outreach

Andy Sojourner

Director of Evangelization

Orlando Board of Directors

Gary Sanford

Young Professional Board Member

Drew Byrnes

Young Professional Board Member

Anis Khalaf

Young Professional Board Member

Amanda Livermore

Young Professional Board Member

Kimberly Zeiler

Young Professional Board Member