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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

March 20-22 Camp Lawrence


Winter Mini-Retreat for YM Leaders
Jan. 31 Griffith*

*rescheduled and reformatted
& now featuring Bishop Don!



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World Youth Day 2016


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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!

WELCOME! Bishop Donald Joseph Hying to the Church of Gary

Bishop Hying has been installed as the new Bishop of Gary. As the Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the diocese, it is my job to serve as his liaison on outreach efforts toward adolescent and young adult Catholics (including middle school, high school, campus, college-aged, emerging and young adult ministry). From all accounts, Bishop Hying has an affinity for these ministries, and has pledged his desire to work hard to bring Christ to the young Church of Gary. I look forward to introducing him to the programs and people that are in place, and am open to new possibilities as well.

Caritas Numquam Excidit: Love Never Fails!

Mini-Retreat* for Youth Ministry Leaders: Our ministry is BEST when the Spirit of Christ is burning HOT! But unless you keep stoking a fire, it burns out. This all-too-brief gathering for youth ministry leaders in the Diocese of Gary is meant to stoke that fire! Join your brother and sister youth ministers for a LONG-overdue gathering for JUST youth ministers, Saturday morning, January 31 at St. Mary (Griffith). Time to pray, laugh, learn about who we are and why we do what we do.  JUST ADDED: BISHOP DON WILL JOIN US! click here for more info

*Due to facility problems at the Spiritual Life Ctr., this has been moved to St. Mary (Griffith) and is now a one-day only event, 9a-1p.

Nativity of Our Savior YM (Portage) invites parents/teens to join them for Theology of the Body for Teens: Teens in HS and middle school, with parent permission and participation, are welcome from throughout the diocese. The sessions start January 25th, so please spread the word to your parents soon! This is a great program, and covers challenging subject material very well. Click here for more info and details:  If you or your parents have questions, contact Jason at 588-5192.

TAPT retreat XXVII-2015:
The diocesan TAPT retreat returns to Camp Lawrence Mar. 20-22. TAPT is a dynamic, life-changing spiritual retreat for high school teens sponsored by the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth. Cost: $85. Deadline: Mar. 6. For complete details, click here

2014 OYYA Year in Review: Before we flip the calendar and take on a new year of challenges and opportunities, take a look back at some memorable moments for the Office for Youth & Young Adults in 2014.

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 2015 National Catholic Youth Conference, visit, and contact Kev to make sure you're on the NCYC mailing/email lists.

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


World Youth Day 2016:  Due to overwhelming response, we have to officially close our pilgrimage. We will have 80 pilgrims in 2016! Based on our current prime hotel locations in Krakow and Rome, we are making this decision to ensure the best experience possible for those who have submitted deposits. The diocese will provide consultation should you wish to travel to WYD apart from the OYYA pilgrimage, or you could request to be added to a waiting list, should others withdraw. For those who are going click here for updated WYD info.

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