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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 at locations in Gary and North Lake County. More than just teens on a conference: they'll be Disciples on a Mission! Learn more at

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.

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

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