> 2018 TAPT Peer Minister & O.A.T.ie Applications
This is for teens who have already attended TAPT. If you are looking to attend TAPT for the first time, retreat registration opens in February.

Were you asked to give a recommendation for a teen?
CLICK HERE to complete the online form.


Each year former “TAPTsters” are invited to return to the program to serve in a leadership role as peer ministers or as members of the O.A.T.S. (Our Auxiliary TAPT Staff) team (“OATieS”). These roles are open to current high schoolers who have previously attended TAPT, and who have completed the application process.

Because we have a number of teens who express interest in serving the TAPT retreat in a leadership capacity, we have established an application process in order to more fairly determine peer ministers and OATieS.

Each teen wishing to serve in a leadership capacity for TAPT must complete an application. This application asks you about your leadership skills. You are asked to detail any leadership you have previously demonstrated in school, parish, etc. Previous team members may apply again, and if you were not selected in a previous year, you are also encouraged to apply again.

> Check out the Job Descriptions for Peer Ministers and OATS Staff Members

> OATS or PM? Easy choice? Consider OATS!

The dates below are the necessary TAPT formation/training dates. Training and team building is essential to lead a TAPT retreat. Therefore, Peer Ministers and OATS team members must attend all three formation meetings. By submitting this application you are making a commitment to attend all three of these sessions (and the entire TAPT weekend):


TBA: Team formation Mtg. #1 (1-5pm), Diocese of Gary Pastoral Center, Merrillville
TBA: Team formation Mtg. #2 (1-5pm), Camp Lawrence, rural Valparaiso
TBA: Team formation Mtg. #3 (1-6pm), Camp Lawrence, rural Valparaiso
Friday-Sun, March 16-18: TAPT weekend (appr. 5:30pm Fri. – 3:30pm Sunday), Camp Lawrence, rural Valparaiso

Directions to Formation Meeting locations can be found on this page.

An evaluation meeting will follow TAPT, and a date for that will be determined during the formation process. Team members will pay the same retreat fee as participants ($85), which includes a souvenir team sweatshirt.

You may assist us by getting word out about this application to any fellow TAPTsters that may be interested. You must currently be attending high school and have already participated in a TAPT to serve as a peer minister or an OATie.

Your cooperation is needed to ensure a timely and fair team selection process. The deadline for applications is mid-January TBA. While we will accept applications after the deadline and up until the team selection date (TBA), note that applications received on or before the Jan. deadline date are given priority over applications received late.

As TAPT 30-2018 approaches, even if you choose not to apply, I ask that you pray for a fruitful retreat, and that the hearts and minds of this year’s TAPTsters will be readied to hear the Word of God.

Blessings in the Incarnate Christ,

Kevin J. Driscoll

Coordinator, Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults

New! Complete your application ONLINE and save time and postage!

> Peer Minister/OATie Application



Due mid-January TBA
> Recommendation Form
Were you asked to complete a recommendation for a teen leader? This is the place to do it!



Due mid-January TBA

If you have difficulties downloading or printing the applications & forms above, contact Kevin Driscoll at 219-769-9292 x229 or email .