Meet the Team
Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Ryan Phelan, Director
Mike Buckler, Regional Associate Director
We are excited to be working alongside our parish and school ministry leaders in an effort to grow in youth ministry through dialogue, a greater awareness of resources, and a shared knowledge of best practices!
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ESSENTIAL
We, the Catholic Diocese of St Petersburg, are a joyful community of disciples proclaiming the Good News and inviting all people to encounter the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Diocese of St. Petersburg includes all people in the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus. While many people identify as Catholic, it is also our “mission territory.”
Courage in Action
Comprehensive Youth Ministry requires the help of many people sharing their time and their experience. It requires the sharing of ideas. Below are best practices and recommendations from those in youth ministry and how they have worked towards achieving Courageous Youth Ministry.
"Ryan and Mike have a great knowledge and understanding of youth ministry. In collaborating with them, they have helped my ministry flourish and grow with their many insights."
Full-Time Youth Minister
St. Mark's Catholic Church
"Your encouragement and very practical suggestions for how to make the meetings more effective - wow, that was incredibly helpful- and it was fun having you there with us too!"
Volunteer Youth Minister
St. Rita's, Dade City
"I am thankful for your mentorship and look forward to many more collaborations!"
Part-Time Youth Minister
St. Frances Cabrini, Spring Hill
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