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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

Mondays - May 23 & June 6
St. John the Baptist, Whiting


Young Adult


World Youth Day 2016


December 1-3, 2016
San Jose, CA


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!

OYYA presents a newly-updated “Youth Ministry University,” a two day YM training program, on two Monday nights, May 23 & June 6, 6:00-9:00pm both nights, at St. John the Baptist in Whiting. YMU trains YM coordinators, volunteers, and anyone working with young people in middle and high school. Because it includes new content, even "YMU Grads" are invited to attend. For more info, click here.

"They are our greatest treasure and our hope for the future."
In his recently-promulgated 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

♪ 'Do you know your way to' the best conference for Catholic YM?! In my opinion the single best formation experience for adult youth ministry leaders, the Nat’l Conf. on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM), is this Dec. 1-3 in San Jose, CA. NCCYM is the largest adult conference for Catholic youth ministry leaders in the country. It's three days of inspiring keynotes, challenging workshops, dynamic prayer and worship, critical networking, extensive resources, and good-hearted entertainment. It’s time to begin planning and budgeting for 2016! Click here

DYC Insights on the Indiana Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Poverty –
“Poverty at the Crossroads: The Church’s Response to Poverty in Indiana”

The Diocese of Gary Diocesan Youth Council (“DYC”), a representative body of high school-aged leaders from parishes and ministries throughout the diocese, participated in a reading and reflection of the recently-released Pastoral Statement from the Indiana Bishops, Poverty at the Crossroads: The Church’s Response to Poverty in Indiana. Reps provided feedback on the document’s three main sections: See, Judge, Act. Click here to read the DYC feedback



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