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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

2015 Nat'l Catholic Youth Conference
November 19-21 · Indianapolis


Diocesan Middle School YM Day
October 18
· Andrean HS


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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!

Middle school youth from around the diocese will gather at the annual "Grásta Dé!" Middle School Youth Ministry Day on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 1-7pm at Andrean HS, Merrillville. Featuring youth-friendly music, presenters, food, dancing, a mass, and a concert with nationally-acclaimed Catholic music minister Noelle Garcia! Make sure your group is there! Click here for details

Christian Family Concert on the lake September 12: Come out to Cedar Lake for a free concert event in a beautiful setting on Saturday night, September 12, 5-9pm. It's the 4th annual Let Your Light Shine concert event. This year: new venue! Enjoy the sunset along the eastern shoreline of Cedar Lake at the Cedar Lake Town Grounds Complex, adjacent to the Lighthouse restaurant. Open to youth, young adults, and families, the event will feature talented musical acts, food vendors, new friends, laughter, and lots of fun. Bring your friends, bring the whole family, a blanket or a few lawn chairs, and enjoy a great night! Sponsored by several local Christian churches in the Cedar Lake area (including Holy Name Catholic Church), the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults is proud to be a collaborative partner. For more information, visit .

CYX 2015: Disciples on a Mission Thank you! to everyone who helped to make CYX '15 an xperience of Christ! Visit for a link to an official photo gallery from CYX weekend, a YouTube service project video, news articles and more.

"CYX is going away?!" You may have heard that CYX is being retired. Click here to learn more about the decision.

Wanted: New DYC reps! Attention Youth Ministry Leaders: Now is a good time to add Diocesan Youth Council reps if you have not done so already. While it is completely up to you to designate your reps and their terms, and reps can be added at any time, the start of the new academic year provides the best chance for new reps to come aboard. Each parish is allowed up to two HS-aged reps. All I really need to add them is the okay of that reps' YM leader and their contact information. I will mail them and their parents a welcome packet. Reps should have a general understanding of the roles and responsibilities. Check out the DYC site for the Bylaws, FAQ, and Dates.


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

OYYA is coordinating a trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference, Nov. 19-21, in INDIANAPOLIS!
NCYC is an indescribably exciting, biennial three-day experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. It's an unbelievable "WOW" moment that will help your ministry grow as you experience a sense of BIG CHURCH! Visit for more info.

Congrats to Deacon Frank Zolvinski, first-ever Diocese of Gary recipient of the NFCYM Companions on the Journey Award. It's the highest recognition from the NFCYM for a diocese to confer to adults who demonstrate excellence in youth ministry as reflected in Renewing the Vision, commitment to on-going education and formation, longevity in ministry, commitment to young people, and outstanding leadership at the local and/or diocesan level.  Read more‬


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