Young Feminist Network presents…


Creating Justice with Joy in our Church and Society

A National Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Training Retreat

August 16-17, 2007 * Cenacle Retreat Center, Chicago, Ill.

Aisha Taylor (WOC) > Jan. 2006 - YFN Leadership & Organizing Retreat photo

Participants of the 2006 retreat gather around the altar, from left to right, front to back, Ashley Reynolds, Nidza Vazquez, Nancy Olivas, Jessica Jenkins, Kuukua Yomekpe, Lylee Rauch, Aisha Taylor, Theresa Trujillo, Tracy Robison, and Nicole Sotelo.

Young Feminist Network (YFN), a ministry of Women’s Ordination Conference, is a national, diverse and inclusive community of womanist, mujerista and feminist Catholics in our 20’s and 30’s. We are a Roman Catholic group who recognizes the issues we address affect people regardless of religious affiliation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to equip and mobilize young Catholic women to integrate faith with feminism and to eliminate oppression within ourselves, society and the Roman Catholic Church.  


The primary purpose of the retreat was to develop the leadership skills of YFN members. The goals of the retreat were to:

  • Expand and strengthen our YFN Chapters and Faith Sharing CommUnions
  • Develop skills in promoting diversity and inclusion in YFN
  • Deliver the necessary tools and training to implement YFN’s action plan
  • Develop motivation and skills to organize grassroots activism


Because of our commitment to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, we succeeded in our intentional efforts to gather a diverse group of women to participate.  More than half of the participants were women of color.


The Women’s Ordination Conference was blessed to raise some funds for this retreat, and we were able to provide financial assistance for many of the participants.

Registration Fee: The registration fee was $100.00, and it covered room and board during the event, a WOC T-shirt, and the training provided.