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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

Strong Catholic Families:
Strong Catholic Youth
Parent Session & Leader In-service
Apr 28, 29 · St. John


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


NCYC Pilgrimage walk at Shrine of
Christ's Passion
May 21 · 3:30p


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!

Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth comes to Diocese of Gary: The research on faith and the family cannot be clearer: Parents matter…a lot! That’s why the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults invites you to learn more about how the Strong Catholic Familes: Strong Catholic Youth initiative can help parishes and schools better engage families in the life of the Church. Parents are invited to a free session that will explore the challenges and blessings of Catholic parenting today. It will be Friday, April 28, 6:30-8:30pm at St. John the Evangelist Church in St. John. Parish leaders are invited to bring a small team and attend both the Friday parent session and a training/in-service Saturday morning April 29 to examine effective family ministry strategies. Parents and parish leaders alike can visit to RSVP. Please RSVP on or before April 21. Questions, contact Kevin Driscoll 219-769-9292 x229.

Happy Easter to you, your families, and those you serve!

Thank you to everyone who made TAPT XXIX a great encounter with Christ! TAPTsters and team members, visit for links to take the online evaluation, and to see the official photo gallery to re-live the weekend!



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

"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. Let’s 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