I am very grateful for the opportunity to share World Youth Day with youth from the Diocese of Gary. Our past participations at World Youth Day have enabled our young people to experience, in a very powerful way, the vitality of the Church and our oneness with Jesus and Catholics around the world. Our youth treasure the opportunity to experience our Universal Shepherd firsthand and to make friends with faith-filled young people from around the world. In the past, they have returned to the diocese with enthusiasm to exercise leadership in our youth programs. It is a special joy for me to share in the excitement of young people filled with faith and hope for the future.
+Bishop Dale J. Melczek,
Diocese of Gary, Indiana, USA