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You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of His love, courageous witnesses of His Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of His light.
~Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013

2015 Nat'l Catholic Youth Conference
November 19-21 · Indianapolis


Retreat with Bishop Hying
for college students & young adults
Jan 2-3 · Donaldson, IN


Young Adult


9:02am Mondays
Shared prayer for Youth Ministry



World Youth Day 2016


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Mission Statement

The Diocese of Gary OYYA serves those who serve the young Catholic Church.

Vision Statement

Through collaboration with parish leaders and youth-serving organizations, the Diocese of Gary OYYA seeks to nurture the total personal and spiritual enrichment of our youth and young adults, and to call them to full participation in the life, mission, and work of the faith community as portrayed by Jesus in the Gospels.

OYYA programs are funded in part by generous donations to the diocesan Catholic Services Appeal
THANK YOU for your gifts!

Nearly 260 youth and adult youth leaders from over twenty five Catholic parishes and Andrean HS represented the Diocese of Gary at the biennial National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), held November 19-21 in Indianapolis. A photo gallery is now posted. Link to it from .

Mark your calendars: the next National Catholic Youth Conference will be held November 16-18, 2017.

Advent  Resources for Ministry

Prepare ye the way of the Lord...

Bishop Don Hying invites college students and young adults to join him for "Seeking the Light," a retreat January 2-3, 2016 at the beautiful Lindenwood Retreat Center in Donaldson, IN. Bishop Hying will serve as the retreat director as he leads participants through a variety of faith experiences centered around the Epiphany, bringing to life its meaning in our lives today. For complete details and to register, visit

“FAUSTINA: Messenger of Divine Mercy” The moving, live production performed by actress Maria Vargo and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented at St. John the Evangelist in the Church on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 PM. Experience firsthand the life and message of Saint Faustina whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. Admission is $10. For tickets, contact the Parish Office at 219-365-5678 or email . Please RSVP on or before Nov. 19. YouTube trailer, promo flyer, and more info here:

DYC Insights on the Indiana Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Poverty –
“Poverty at the Crossroads: The Church’s Response to Poverty in Indiana”

The Diocese of Gary Diocesan Youth Council (“DYC”), a representative body of high school-aged leaders from parishes and ministries throughout the diocese, participated in a reading and reflection of the recently-released Pastoral Statement from the Indiana Bishops, Poverty at the Crossroads: The Church’s Response to Poverty in Indiana. Reps provided feedback on the document’s three main sections: See, Judge, Act. Click here to read the DYC feedback

Congrats to Deacon Frank Zolvinski, first-ever Diocese of Gary recipient of the NFCYM Companions on the Journey Award. It's the highest recognition from the NFCYM for a diocese to confer to adults who demonstrate excellence in youth ministry as reflected in Renewing the Vision, commitment to on-going education and formation, longevity in ministry, commitment to young people, and outstanding leadership at the local and/or diocesan level.  Read more‬


Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults
Kevin Driscoll, Coordinator 
9292 Broadway · Merrillville, IN 46410 · 219-769-9292

Proud to be an affiliated diocese of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry