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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


THE WAY YM Day for Grades 8-12
November 19 · St. Michael, Schererville


Young Adult


December 1-3, 2016
San Jose, CA


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!


Teens in Grades 8-12 are invited to attend THE WAY, a Diocesan youth ministry day, held Sat. Nov. 19 at St. Michael in Schererville. Includes: comedian Bob Perron, praise music, Adoration, Mass, food, and a dance/social. Celebrate your faith alongside other Catholic teens from NW Indiana, as we start our journey toward the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2017! Cost: $15. Registration deadline: Nov. 13. Click here for info or to register

to everyone who helped make Grasta De! 2016 a joyous celebration of God's Grace...and MERCY!

> Check out the official Grásta Dé! 2016 photo gallery, courtesy Jazmyn Becerra (Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago)

> "Youth learn how God's grace can lead to mercy, forgiveness" NWI Catholic story

> "NWI teens learn a proverb about forgiveness," NWI Times story

NCYC Adult Group Leader Pancake Breakfast: Free pancakes & info! The largest regular gathering of Catholic teens in the USA returns to Indy in Nov., 2017, and if you’ve even considered taking two teens or fifty, the place to be is the NCYC Group Ldr. Info Mtg. & Breakfast on Saturday Nov. 5, 9-11am at Nativity of Our Savior, Portage. If you are even considering attending NCYC, I strongly recommend attending this mtg.! (If you can’t make it, consider sending a representative.) The key to taking a big group next fall is to start making plans now! I will pass along all info I know, as well as some insights on fundraising and integrating NCYC into your existing ministry strategies. You'll also learn about our plans to help you turn your trip to NCYC into a PILGRIMAGE! RSVP appreciated. Info:

Bishop Hying's online ECHO series: Youth ministry leaders, young adults, parents, any adult who has ever wanted to have a better grasp of "what the church teaches about," your bishop understands you are not alone! That's why Bishop Hying has spearheaded an effort to make you a more informed Catholic. Take a digital pilgrimage with Bishop Hying in the new online ECHO series, as he leads us through the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Spend time rediscovering your Catholic faith in this online video-based study series. Bishop Hying will offer a reflection on each chapter of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Click here to register. Participants will need to acquire a copy of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which is available online for free here. Print copies: USCCB   Amazon

ECHO PROMO from Ahava Productions on Vimeo.

"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. Let’s 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