Founded in Dallas in 2010 by Jennifer Baugh, Young Catholic Professionals has grown into a national organization with 16 chapters located all over the country. “Our mission is to challenge, train, and inspire young adults working in various professions to Work in Witness for Christ,” said Baugh. “We call upon the intercession of St. Joseph and the St. Joseph the Worker Prayer is read aloud at the conclusion of each and every event, reminding us to see all forms of work as true Christian work. Young professionals live and work in an environment of constant stimulation, “continued Baugh who now serves as the Executive Director for the organization. “St. Joseph reminds us of the importance of stillness, reflection, and prayer.”
The newly established Detroit chapter has been hosting organizational meetings for the better part of the past year, and on Aug. 1, the group launched its inaugural event. “Young Catholic Professionals seeks to find people where they are in the workplace,” said Don Smith, a member of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester and president of the Detroit YCP chapter. “We spend 80% of our life working. Young Catholic Professionals was created with a three-fold purpose: fostering a Catholic identity in your workplace, connecting with other Catholics who work in a professional environment and seeking out guidance from Catholic executives and leaders in the corporate world.”
Smith said he was working in the hotel industry in Texas a few years ago when he came across the group’s Dallas chapter. After going to a few social events, Smith became impressed with the successful CEOs and investors who spoke at Young Catholic Professionals events. The Detroit chapter established its leadership team with the organizational assistance of the Archdiocese of Detroit and the blessing of Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron to establish the 16th Young Catholic Professionals chapter in the country.
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