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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

2014 Catholic Youth Xperience
July 18-20, 2014


YACC is now
Young Adult



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!

They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. (Acts 10:39-41)

A blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter to you and all you serve!

TAPT XXVI: Over 100 HS teens, adult and peer leaders from appr. 30 parishes and ministries gathered from throughout Northwest Indiana for the 26th annual TAPT retreat!  click here for links to the photo gallery, and evaluations

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!

CYX 2014, July 18-20:
Live loud. be real. Change the world! This year, CYX is POSITIVELY DANGEROUS! The weekend blends presentations, interactive activities, engaging media, meaningful discussions and powerful prayer xperiences and will challenge teens to live in a spiritually-dangerous manner. A CYX unlike any other! Read more at

World Youth Day 2016:  Youth and young adults (16-30ís) are invited on a pilgrimage to World Youth Day, Summer 2016. Included: WYD festivities, including liturgy with the Holy Father. Additionally, the group will journey on a memorable pilgrimage that will include visits to Rome, Assisi, Auschwitz, Wadowice, as well as religious formation & prayer. Estimated p.p. cost is $4150, includes transportation, hotel, tours, and most meals. First deposit of $150 is due to the diocese by May 1, 2014 to secure participation. Under 18 must be under the guidance of a chaperone. For a full itinerary, and more info click here


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