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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

March 20-22 Camp Lawrence


9:02am Mondays
Shared prayer for Youth Ministry



Young Adult


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!

Lent 2015
OYYA has compiled links to assist youth ministry leaders in preparing to bring Lenten themes to youth. Click here to see the links at the Youth Ministry page.

TAPT retreat XXVII-2015: Thank you to everyone who made TAPT XXVII a blessed encounter with Christ! Over 100 TAPTsters and team members representing at least 27 diocesan parishes gathered March 20-22 for the 27th annual Teens Are Praying Together retreat!

> Visit for links to the online evaluation (due Apr. 8)

> See the official photo gallery here

> T.A.P.T. is now an acronym for Teens Are Praying Together. Read more from Kev about why it was changed

Young adult Catholics, 20s & 30s, married & single are invited to join Bishop Don Hying for a Q & A Friday, April 10th, 7 8:30pm, at the Whiting Knights of Columbus (1120 119th Street, Whiting). Young adults will be encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and opinions on the issues they face. Bring a friend or two, and make it a night out, beginning with a healthy dialogue about the Church...and the roles young adults will play in her future. Admission is free. Cash bar offered. RSVPs required on or before April 8th. Click here for more information

World Youth Day 2016:  As a result of a few cancellations, we have at least 4 spots open. (There could be additional spots as well.) If you or anyone you know is interested in attending WYD, please contact Kevin Driscoll ASAP at 219-769-9292. As per the financial agreement, new participants would have to immediately pay $950, which would bring them current on payments. For more info on the pilgrimage, click here

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 2015 National Catholic Youth Conference, visit, and contact Kev to make sure you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.

Top Ten Challenges Facing High School-Aged Teens:  Through careful deliberation in the winter/spring of 2014, the DYC created this document in hopes of accurately portraying the greatest challenges teens face in our society.  This list reflects the opinions and ideas of the teens represented by the members of the Council who represent churches throughout Northwest Indiana.  DYC reps hope parish leaders use this list as a tool to open dialogue with youth.  Read it here

Young Adult CATHOLIC OUTREACH MINISTRIES: The Young Adults for Catholic Charities Planning Team recently announced a name change: Diocese of Gary Young Adult Catholic Outreach Ministries (or "COM" for short). Same great people, same great mission- to gather together for fun and to live out our faith by serving others. Except now, in addition to serving Catholic Charities, we can serve other great agencies doing great work in Northwest Indiana and beyond. Visit the new!



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