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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

2015 Catholic Youth Xperience
July 17-19 · Valparaiso-Gary


2015 Nat'l Catholic Youth Conference
November 19-21 · Indianapolis


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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!

CYX 2015: Disciples on a Mission This summer (July 17-19), high school teens from throughout Northwest Indiana will once again gather at Valparaiso for 3 Days of Faith & Fun. But this year, all CYX participants will board a bus and leave Valparaiso, following our baptismal call to serve our neighbors by traveling to multiple worksites in Gary. More than just teens on a conference: they'll be Disciples on a Mission! Learn more at

Bishop Donald J. Hying's official statement on the June 2015 Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

DYC Insights on the Indiana Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Poverty –
“Poverty at the Crossroads: The Church’s Response to Poverty in Indiana”

The Diocese of Gary Diocesan Youth Council (“DYC”), a representative body of high school-aged leaders from parishes and ministries throughout the diocese, participated in a reading and reflection of the recently-released Pastoral Statement from the Indiana Bishops, Poverty at the Crossroads: The Church’s Response to Poverty in Indiana. Reps provided feedback on the document’s three main sections: See, Judge, Act. Click here to read the DYC feedback

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

OYYA is coordinating a trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference, Nov. 19-21, in INDIANAPOLIS!
NCYC is an indescribably exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. It's an unbelievable "WOW" moment that will help your ministry grow as you experience a sense of BIG CHURCH! Visit for more 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