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ď also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.Ē Matthew 24:44

Advent Resources


2nd Seeking the Light retreat for college students & young adults
Jan 7 ∑ Calumet College, Whiting


Strong Catholic Families:
Strong Catholic Youth
Parent Session & Leader In-service
Jan. 27, 28 ∑ St. John


Young Adult


Young adult walking pilgrimage to Spain's Camino de Santiago
July 30-August 7, 2017


9:02am Mondays
Shared prayer for Youth Ministry





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!

Prepare ye the way of the Lord! The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christís second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lordís birth on Christmas. Help young people journey toward the birth of Christ- OYYA has compiled a list of (mostly free) Advent-themed resources for you to incorporate into your programs with youth. Includes prayer services, activity suggestions, videos and more. Advent Resources link

NET is back: Twelve young adults have made the Diocese of Gary one of their stops on a nine month tour of the country. NET Ministries (NET stands for National Evangelization Teams) is headquartered in St. Paul, MN. Youth from seventeen diocesan parishes and Catholic schools in Whiting, Griffith, St. John, Hammond, La Porte, Munster, Merrillville, Portage, Lake Station, Schererville, Michigan City, and South Haven will experience NET retreats during the visit. Let's pray for the team and the young people they'll serve this week! Read more in the press release:

Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth comes to Diocese of Gary: The research on faith and the family cannot be clearer: Parents matterÖa lot! Thatís why the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults invites you to learn more about how the Strong Catholic Familes: Strong Catholic Youth initiative can help parishes and schools better engage families in the life of the Church. Parents are invited to a free session that will explore the challenges and blessings of Catholic parenting today. It will be Friday, Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30pm at St. John the Evangelist Church in St. John. Parish leaders are invited to bring a small team and attend both the Friday parent session and a training/in-service Saturday morning Jan. 28 to examine effective family ministry strategies. Parents and parish leaders alike can visit to RSVP. Please RSVP on or before Jan. 20. Questions, contact Kevin Driscoll 219-769-9292 x229.


The play, "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day," is a one woman show about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Dorothy Day spent 47 years caring for the poor and leading the Catholic Church to a more active concern for the needy in U.S. society. This dramatic portrait, featuring Still Point Founder/Artistic Director Lisa Wagner-Carollo, follows Dorothy Day from her days as a 17 year old Greenwich Village bohemian through her later years as a tireless champion of social justice. The play will take place on Thursday, December 8, 7-8:00 pm, at Bishop Noll Institute. Tickets are a $10 donation. All proceeds will benefit services at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or to reserve tickets in advance, please contact Stephanie Miller at 219-886-3549 or  Presented by Catholic Charities to the youth and young adult community.

TAPT XXIX-2017 Team Applications coming soon: For current H.S. teens that have previously attended a TAPT, the application process for team selection (Peer Ministers and OATS Team members) has begun! You may complete the app online or print it out & mail it. Deadline for applications is mid-January. Complete information about serving on the leadership team, including formation dates and job descriptions can be found at the website. Click here to apply.

Young Adult Retreat Day Jan. 7: Bishop Hying invites college students and young adults to join him for "Seeking the Light," a retreat day Jan. 7 at Calumet College in Whiting. Bishop Hying will lead participants through a variety of faith experiences centered around the Epiphany, bringing to life its meaning in our lives today. Retreat begins 9am Jan. 7 and ends appr. 7p with optional social until 9p. Cost: $35, includes meals. Consider giving this retreat as a Christmas gift! Deadline: Dec. 21. Register/info:


Group Leaders (and prospective group leaders): If you missed the NCYC Info Mtg. Breakfast on November 1 and are interested in receiving information about the 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference, visit, and contact Kev to make sure you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.

"They are our greatest treasure and our hope for the future."
In his recently-promulgated Synod Pastoral Letter, Young Catholics are included by Bishop Hying as a key priority for the 2017 Diocesan Synod. As the process begins, I encourage everyone to read the letter and begin to answer the questions listed. Letís embrace this Synod, because it has the power to transform the life of the Church at all levels in NW Indiana, and in particular youth and young adult ministry! Learn more

Empowering Teens for Synod 2017: Insights from the Diocese of Gary Youth Council  The DYC held a retreat day over the summer to discuss the Synod, and how to ensure that the voice of teens are heard. Read their insights here.

"Young people, as an integral part of Church, need to be part of the process," Bishop Donald Hying's weekly column for the Northwest Indiana Catholic, 7/3/16


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