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PYM Program Director


Sierra Gore

WHAT IS PYM? PYM stands for “Parish Youth Ministry” – it is a committee of the Diocese of Virginia that is exclusively made up of high school students from around the diocese.  The committee plans and then leads three retreat weekends for 4th-12 graders.

WHAT “RETREAT WEEKENDS” DOES PYM OFFER? PYM offers three retreat weekends.  All are held at Shrine Mont.  Each begins on a Friday evening and ends by 11:30 on Sunday morning.


Senior High Weekend – November 1-3, 2019

4th & 5th Grade Weekend - April 17-19, 2020

6th - 8th Grade Weekend - May 8-10, 2020

WHO/HOW MANY PEOPLE COME TO THESE EVENTS? There is generally a pretty large group of folks who come from around the diocese.  The two weekends typically host 200 people or so.  The youth represent the different types of churches in our diocese: old and young, large and small – you name it, and they’re here.

DO ADULTS NEED TO COME TOO? Youth come together as a church group, with adult chaperones in tow.  ALL YOUTH MUST BE ACCOMPANIED – this is not like camp, where the youth get dropped off and then picked back up at the end.

WHAT DO ADULTS DO? While much of the program is run by the PYM committee, there is always some free time (generally on Saturday afternoon) planned in – which should be supervised by the adult chaperones.   They are also responsible for checking on their youth after the program has ended each night (make sure they are all going to sleep!), and making sure that they youth are attending the program. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for youth leaders to meet other people in the Diocese who are doing the same work.  We always provide chances for youth leaders to share their challenges and successes – and often offer other – more structured – ways for youth leaders to connect with and get to know one another.

WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND ADULT LEADERS? Often, churches in the same area will join together to attend these weekends.  Adults from one church will take kids to one weekend, and then adults from the other church will chaperone another weekend.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO ARRIVE LATE/LEAVE EARLY/ETC? Contact Sierra Gore at (800) DIOCESE x1023 or  Sierra is happy to speak with you and see if there is a possible solution to any problem you may be having.

WHERE DO WE STAY? For Senior High and 4th and 5th Grade Weekends, you will be assigned a room at Shrine Mont in the Hotel or in a cottage next to the hotel.  We eat in the Hotel dining hall, gather in the Ballroom for large groups, and hold all of our other programming in or around other parts of the hotel. For Junior High weekend the committee, all youth, and brave adult chaperones stay in the cabins at St. George’s Camp. We gather in the Rec Hall as a large group and eat meals at Tucker Dining Hall.


WHY DO I WANT TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE WEEKENDS? Well, if nothing else, it’s a lot of fun for you and your youth!  The kids enjoy singing “camp” – type songs, the games are fun, and it’s a chance for your youth to feel connected with something bigger than just their own youth group.  It is a chance for you – as a youth leader – to connect with others and share ideas/tips/frustrations/etc.  And if nothing else, it’s a great chance to support the youth in our Diocese who have stepped up into a leadership position and have given of their own time, treasures, and talents to do something special for others!  Did I mention it is a lot of fun?

HOW DO I SIGN UP? As registration forms are available, they will be posted on this site and shared on our Facebook page ( 


If you are in high school, and are interested in applying to join the PYM committee, you can contact Sierra Gore via email or phone ( or 800 DIOCESE x1023) to get an application.  You must have attended at least one PYM event prior to applying to be part of the committee.  We accept ALL grades, freshman through rising seniors.  Your youth leader or priest will need to fill out a recommendation form that we send them, and you will have an interview with Sierra. 

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? If you have questions, please contact Sierra Gore directly.