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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

March 20-22 ∑ Camp Lawrence


9:02am Mondays
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World Youth Day 2016


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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!

Lent 2015
OYYA has compiled links to assist youth ministry leaders in preparing to bring Lenten themes to youth. Click here to see the links at the Youth Ministry page.

TAPT retreat XXVII-2015:
The diocesan TAPT retreat returns to Camp Lawrence Mar. 20-22. TAPT is a dynamic, life-changing spiritual retreat for high school teens sponsored by the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth. Cost: $85. Deadline: Mar. 6. For complete details, click here

Catechetical/Liturgical Day: The Joy of the Gospel! is the theme for this year's Catechetical/Liturgical Day which will be held on March 15 at St. Matthias (crown Point), Noon-6:45. This afternoon of enrichment includes a keynote address by Rev. Michael Joncas,  a liturgical composer, author, speaker, and professor who is perhaps best known for his song "On Eagle's Wings." His talk: "Pope Francisí Vision for being Church in a Post-Modern World." Also: 18 breakout sessions on catechetical and liturgical topics. Exhibitors will be on hand to provide the latest in religious formation and liturgical resources. There will be good food, fellowship, special recognitions and some surprises for the attendees. Cost is $20. YM leaders, consider attending with your parish catechetical leader, and discuss ways to collaborate in adolescent catechesis. Click here for more info/link to register

Reflections on "Generation Christ," five years later
Five years ago, OYYA hosted a symposium on young adult ministry. That one day continues to impact ministry-and lives today. Read Kev's reflection

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