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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

Theology on Tap
for Young Adults

July, August 2014
Highland, Crown Point


2014 Catholic Youth Xperience
July 18-20, 2014


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!

CYX 2014, July 18-20:
Live loud. be real. Change the world! Thanks to all who made CYX 2014 a great xperience! CYX 2014 encouraged teens to live in a spiritually-dangerous manner, and now they return to their communities better equipped to build the Kingdom of God. It was a CYX unlike any other! Link to the photo gallery and more at

YOUNG ADULTS, single or married, 20's & 30's, Theology on Tap returns to two Lake County locations this July: Highland (Sundays, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3) and Crown Point (Wednesdays, July 16, 23, 30 and August 6). For dates & details, visit .

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