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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

National Catholic Youth Conf.
Nov. 16-19, 2017, Indianapolis


TAPT retreat XXIX
March 31-April 2
Camp Lawrence


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!

The diocesan TAPT retreat returns to Camp Lawrence Mar. 31-April 2. TAPT is a dynamic, life-changing spiritual retreat for high school teens sponsored by the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth. Cost: $85. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! For complete details, visit , , or contact Kevin Driscoll: 219-769-9292 x229.



The 2017 National Catholic Youth Conference is back in Indianapolis, Nov. 16-19, and OYYA is leading the biennial diocesan delegation of parish/school groups. Teens, parents: contact your youth ministry leader to make sure your parish is attending! Group Leaders (and prospective group leaders), if you are interested in receiving information, visit, and contact Kev to make sure you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.

New ministry for College-aged young Catholics: COLLEGIATE CATHOLICS, you are invited to a new monthly gathering on the first Thursday of each month, where you can explore your faith and connect with others. Featuring food, friends, witness, faith exploration, inspiration, and prayer, it might be just what you need to keep Christ at the center of your hectic life. Click here to learn more

"They are our greatest treasure and our hope for the future."
In his 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