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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

Welcome, Bishop Hying!


Catholic Parent Revival
Saturday, December 6
Andrean High School


Winter Retreat for YM Leaders
Jan. 30-31, 2015 ∑ Hammond


Top Ten Challenges Facing High School-Aged Teens, presented by the Diocesan Youth Council


YACC is now
Young Adult


World Youth Day 2016






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!

Welcome, Bishop Hying! Join me in welcoming the Most Reverend Donald J. Hying to Northwest Indiana! Read the official press release from the USCCB here. Also, this article from Vatican Radio, and a little more intimate piece from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Catholic Herald from a few years back. We look forward to getting to know Bishop Hying!

We are extremely grateful for the gifts bestowed to this diocese by the now Bishop Emeritus Dale Melczek, particularly for what he has meant for youth and young adult ministry. Bishop Melczek will remain in service to the Church of Gary, choosing to remain in Northwest Indiana in retirement.


Youth ministry leaders, please pass this info along to the parents you serve!

Looking for support in your vocation as a parent? Join a local gathering of the nationally-broadcast Catholic Parent Revival, Saturday, December 6 at Andrean High School. Parents, grandparents and guardians will join together and become part of an exciting, first-ever live, online teleconference originating in San Antonio, Texas. Inspiring speakers and music and meaningful prayer will help revive your faith, discover a deeper motivation, and find support for the daily effort of growing deeper in faith as a family.

This day of faith and fellowship will be held at no cost to participants on Saturday, December 6 in the Andrean High School cafeteria from 11 amĖ5 pm, CST. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Join us for all or part of the day. Please note that this event is for adults only; no babysitting service will be provided.

To participate, RSVP to Stacia Bolakowski, Campus Minister, at (219) 887-5281 ext. 247 or  no later than 3 PM on Thursday, December 4, 2014. We hope to see you there!

More details about the event, including a link to an easy-to-print PDF flyer

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. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (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

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

World Youth Day 2016:  Due to overwhelming response, we have to officially close our pilgrimage. We will have 80 pilgrims in 2016! Based on our current prime hotel locations in Krakow and Rome, we are making this decision to ensure the best experience possible for those who have submitted deposits. The diocese will provide consultation should you wish to travel to WYD apart from the OYYA pilgrimage, or you could request to be added to a waiting list, should others withdraw. For those who are going click here for updated WYD info.

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