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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 11-13, 2016


Young Adult


December 1-3, 2016
San Jose, CA


9:02am Mondays
Shared prayer for Youth Ministry



World Youth Day 2016






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!

“I’m glad my youth minister pushed me to do TAPT! I want to get more involved in church now.”
~former TAPT teen

The diocesan TAPT retreat returns to Camp Lawrence Mar. 11-13. TAPT is a dynamic, life-changing spiritual retreat for high school teens sponsored by the Diocese of Gary Office for Youth. Cost: $85.  Registration remains open until Feb. 29th or until capacity is reached (we have closed early in recent years). For complete details, click here.

LENT 2016
"the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy."  (Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2016)

Resources for Youth Ministry          Resources for Catholic Young Adults

♪ '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