Youth Ministry & Shrine Mont Camps

Youth ministry is one of the top priorities of the Diocese of Virginia as we look toward growing our future mission and ministry. Youth ministry programs offered by the Diocese of Virginia's Office of Christian Formation include Shrine Mont Camps and Parish Youth Ministry. 

Shrine Mont Camps

The Diocese of Virginia’s summer camp program at Shrine Mont promotes the emotional and spiritual development of children, youth, and young adults through the fostering of a safe and positive environment for all. It is the goal of this program to encourage the growth of relationships with self, others, and God.

At Shrine Mont Camps, we strive to create a diverse and safe community that welcomes campers and staff from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of our programs. All camp activities will promote and maintain the personal and emotional safety of all campers and staff.

Questions about camp? Contact James Williams:, 800-DIOCESE x1042.

Visit the Shrine Mont Camps website.

Parish Youth Ministry

Parish Youth Ministry, also known as PYM, is a committee of the Diocese of Virginia that is exclusively made up of 25-30 high school students from around the Diocese. This committee of diocesan youth enables young people to be full and active participants in the life of the Church. PYM organizes youth events and promotes youth involvement, in addition to providing support at Annual Convention meetings. PYM plans and leads Shrine Mont Weekends for Middle and High School age students each year. These events are an opportunity for students from around the Diocese to come together with their peers for a weekend at Shrine Mont.

Learn more about PYM

Triangle of Hope

The Triangle of Hope is a covenantal community dedicated to transforming the long history, ongoing effects and continuing presence of slavery in our world through repentance, reconciliation and mission.

Participants will prepare together through worship, prayer, study and retreats then travel as pilgrims to another diocese or host fellow pilgrims each summer for three summers. Participants are expected to be present for all three years. 

Learn more about the Triangle of Hope