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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


WYD Info Mtg
Thu., Aug. 24 · 6:30-8p
Diocese of Gary Pastoral Ctr.



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.

Youth Ministry Deanery Formation for 2017-18 is Synod Implementation & Formation: This coming academic year (September 2017-May 2018), OYYA will continue hosting the deanery gatherings, but they will take on an added importance: Synod Implementation and Formation. Click here to learn more

NEW BACKGROUND CHECK POLICY: Please note that as of 7/1/17, the Diocese of Gary enacted a new policy on background checks. ANYONE that works with youth—regardless of when they were last background checked—will be required to submit to a NEW background check using the new system. Contact your parish's safe environment contact person to ensure compliance.

World Youth Day 2019: The Diocese of Gary is coordinating a pilgrimage to Panama for the next World Youth Day, held in January, 2019. If you or anyone you know is interested in attending and/or taking a group, plan to attend a WYD interest meeting, Thu., Aug. 24, 6:30pm, at the Pastoral Center in Merrillville. The meeting will outline travel options, provide insights, cost estimates, and fundraising strategies. Minimum age for pilgrims is 16, WYD target age is 18-35. For more information, click here

Top Ten Challenges Facing High School-Aged Teens: Through careful deliberation in the winter/spring of 2017, 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. The document will be sent to youth ministry leaders and Bishop Hying. You can read it/download it online here:

Kev’s most-recent NWIC column, 'Missionary discipleship to be embraced by youth, young adult ministries ': The new USCCB Living as Missionary Disciples document draws a connection between the church’s missions of evangelization and social justice. Synod results tell us we should, too  CLICK HERE



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. The Diocese of Gary will send a record number of delegates to NCYC 2017! Nearly 290 are currently registered, with room for more! Visit, and contact Kev for more info.

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-

Proud to be an affiliated diocese of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry