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"They are our greatest treasure and our hope for the future." ~Bishop Don Hying about Young Catholics, Pastoral Letter for Synod 2017

Young Adult


Young adult walking pilgrimage to Spain's Camino de Santiago
July 30-August 7, 2017


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!

MARCH FOR LIFE CHICAGO: Over the years many YM leaders have wished they could be a part of the annual March for Life in Washington DC, but the logistics involved are just too overwhelming. The March for Life Chicago is the next best thing. In recent years, March for Life Chicago has grown rapidly, and provides a great opportunity to speak out loud and proud for the dignity of life, all on a single Sunday. The 2017 event will be held Sunday, January 15 2-4pm in downtown Chicago. YM programs might also consider attending a Youth Rally & Mass prior to the March from 3:30a-1p at St. Ignatius College Prep. Event website:  If you are considering bringing a group, contact Regina for a free coordinator packet (312-422-9300 or email ).

TAPT XXIX-2017 Team Applications: For current H.S. teens that have previously attended a TAPT, the application process for team selection (Peer Ministers and OATS Team members) has begun! You may complete the app online or print it out & mail it. Deadline for applications is mid-January. Complete information about serving on the leadership team, including formation dates and job descriptions can be found at the website. Click here to apply.


Kevís latest NWIC column, the mountaintop and the valley: Peter, James, John, and your teens all joyously proclaim of the mountaintop, ďIt is good that we are here!Ē But in my latest NWIC column, I make a case for the long-term impact that good ministry in the valley can have on teens. CLICK HERE



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 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference, visit, and contact Kev to make sure you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.

"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. Letís 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

Empowering Teens for Synod 2017: Insights from the Diocese of Gary Youth Council  The DYC held a retreat day over the summer to discuss the Synod, and how to ensure that the voice of teens are heard. Read their insights here.

"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




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