Parish Youth Ministries (PYM)



PYM stands for “Parish Youth Ministry” –

It is a committee of the Diocese of Virginia that is exclusively made up of 25-30 high school students from around the Diocese. The committee plans and leads two retreat weekends for middle and high school youth. Members of the committee serve at the diocesan Annual Convention meeting as pages and volunteer assistants. PYM offers two retreat weekends at Shrine Mont. Each begins on a Friday evening (registration generally begins at about 7 p.m., with the opening session beginning after dinner), and ends by about 11 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Senior High Weekend – November
Junior High Weekend – May
To find out more, click here.

To REGISTER click here! Online PYM Sr. High Registration

Check out our PYM Slideshow! You can view it as a Youtube video or download the PowerPoint to use in other presentations with your parish.

PYM Events

Service Days

Due to scheduling constraints, FYDOS for October 13th and SYDOS for March are cancelled. We encourage you, though, to locate a service opportunity in your own community in place of these Diocesan events. Remember, your locality is the place you can make the most difference, most immediately. We have suggestions for organizations with branches in your community, or projects you can do on your own schedule, through the links below.

Habitat for Humanity

Animal Shelters in Virginia

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

35 DIY Service Projects for Kids

HandsOn Greater Richmond Volunteer Opportunities                                                                                                            

If you are near Loudoun County, we also encourage you to coordinate a day to help at Sprout Center, a nonprofit therapeutic riding center. Sprout's Website

If you are near Richmond or Glen Allen, we encourage you to coordinate a day to help at Shalom Farms, a nonprofit farm working in food justice. Shalom Farms' Website

Shrine Mont Weekends

  • PYM Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont:  November 2 - 4, 2018. $150 per participant. Click here for the registration and information packet.
  • PYM Junior High Weekend @ Shrine Mont:  May 10 - 12, 2019. $150 per participant. Registration and information packet coming soon.
  • PYM Sr. High Weekend @ Shrine Mont: November 1 - 3, 2019. $150 per participant. Registration and information packet coming soon.

NOTE: these are changes from the previously announced calendar, so check these dates carefully.

We are thrilled that this year, we will be having a “Junior High Weekend” in the spring, rather than two separate retreats. This is due primarily to our school calendar and where Easter falls in 2019, but we look forward to a BIG weekend for all youth grades 6-8 and their adult chaperones!

Contact PYM

For more information, contact Paris Ball800-DIOCESE, X1042
Please feel free to copy one or both of our current PYM Adult Co-Chairs (Sierra Gore and Rees Kirkorian) when emailing Paris and we will work as a team to get back in touch with you. 

Our leadership structure for PYM has changed! Paris Ball will be overseeing the program generally, but we have two outstanding “Adult Co-Chairs” who will help with the preparation and leadership of the weekends throughout the year.

We are happy to introduce Sierra Gore as the PYM Co-Chair for Program and Rees Kirkorian as PYM Co-Chair for Operations. They will both be at every event and are working alongside Paris to make sure that this is the best year for PYM!

We are excited about another wonderful year of PYM! If you and your church have not previously (or recently) attended a PYM Retreat weekend, we encourage you to reach out to Paris, Sierra and Rees so we can tell you more about these wonderful events as well as make sure that you have all you need to get started.