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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


World Youth Day 2016


July/August in Crown Pt., Highland


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!

82 pilgrims will travel to Italy and Poland for an unforgettable World Youth Day pilgrimage, July 21-August 1.
Follow all the adventures at the official website and Facebook page.
Read the official OYYA press release     See the itinerary

St. John Paul II and Sister Faustina, patron saints of WYD, PRAY FOR US!

Young adult Catholics, 20’s & 30’s, Theology On Tap is back for another great summer! Gather in a relaxing environment with fellow young adults to discuss topics relevant to you and your faith. Our Lady of Grace in Highland will host TOT this summer on four Sundays (July 10, 17, 24, 31) starting at 6:30 pm at the OLG school cafeteria, with an invitation to come early for 5:30 Mass. St. Mary in Crown Point invites you to join them on four Wednesdays (July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3), 7pm at Crown Brewing in downtown Crown Point.



"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

"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

♪ 'Do you know your way to' the best conference for Catholic YM?! In my opinion the single best formation experience for adult youth ministry leaders, the Nat’l Conf. on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM), is this Dec. 1-3 in San Jose, CA. NCCYM is the largest adult conference for Catholic youth ministry leaders in the country. It's three days of inspiring keynotes, challenging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, critical networking, extensive resources, and good-hearted entertainment. It’s time to begin planning and budgeting for 2016! Click here

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



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