yliA Catholic Women’s Organization Dedicated to the Christian principles of Charity and Love! St. Clare’s Young Ladies Institute (YLI) is an organization of Catholic women dedicated to the Christian principles of charity and love. YLI was founded in San Francisco, on September 5, 1887 by three young women inspired to help an ill friend. Our purpose is to help others. Our history reflects a sisterly care and concern for each other and those in need.

What We Do

A newsletter, The Voice, keeps members informed regarding all institute activities and news. Each year a program of charitable activities is selected by the incoming president. Some programs we have supported in the past include:

  • Silicon Valley Human Society
  • Sacred Heart Community Services
  • Treats for the Troops
  • Adopt a Family (at Christmas time)
  • And more…

Other spiritual, cultural and educational activities include:

  • Support of Golden Jubilee Burse for Seminarians
  • Perpetual Novena
  • Aid to YLI Members
  • Involvement in St. Clare Parish related projects
  • Affiliation with the National Council of Catholic Women

What You Can Expect

We offer you friendship, support, leadership training and the opportunity to make a difference to those in need. Through YLI’s participation in charitable projects, you will have the opportunity to promote the work of the Church while working hand in hand with other Catholic women. We invite you to cultivate new friendships and work together toward a better, more beautiful world.

Come grow with us!

How To Join

St. Clare’s YLI meets the third Monday of each month in the North Hall. The evening begins with social timeĀ at 6:30 pm. Our meeting begins at 7:15 pm with the recitation of the rosary. We have members from various Catholic Churches throughout our area (St. Clare, St. Justin, Queen of Apostles and St. Martin). We belong to District 13 which is comprised of seven institutes. Our institute has approximately 85 members in ages ranging from 20 to 103!!! Come see what we are all about!

For additional information, please leave your name, telephone number or e-mail address at the Parish Rectory and an YLI member will contact you shortly thereafter.