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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


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!

Youth and young adults factor prominently in Synod
Youth and young adults were mentioned frequently on Synod Saturday. While “Young Catholics” was its own category, youth and young adults were mentioned in other ecclesial areas, as well. The faithful greatly values ministry with youth & young adults. Affirmed and challenged, OYYA is ready for what's next.

CLICK HERE to view the results from the Synod, youth and young adult initiatives and strategies that will be prioritized for parishes and the diocese in the future.



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. Visit to learn more



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