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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!

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What are Courageous Youth Ministry Trainings?


Courageous Youth Ministry Trainings are opportunities for youth and young adult ministry leaders, ministry volunteers, catechists, or even entire parish staffs to reflect together on key aspects of youth and young adult ministry. They provide opportunity for discussion, reflection, skills training, sharing of resources, and lots of new ideas for how to reimagine how we do youth and young adult ministry and better evangelize and catechize the young Church.


For all parishes and schools in the Diocese of St Petersburg, these trainings are offered:


  • in both ENGLISH or SPANISH

  • FREE and FLEXIBLE, tailored specifically for your parish

  • either ONLINE or IN-PERSON at your parish

  • individual TOPICS or three-part TRACKS 

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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 is a video of how Courageous Youth Ministry Trainings helped Corpus Christi Parish in Temple Terrace, as well as some 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." 

Andrew Johnson
Full-Time Director of Youth Ministry
St. Lawrence 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!"

Kristine Johnson

Volunteer Youth Minister

St. Rita's, Dade City


"I am thankful for your mentorship and look forward to many more collaborations!"

Carol Opalka

Part-Time Youth Minister

St. Frances Cabrini, Spring Hill


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Bishop Gregory Parkes

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 This ministry is supported through the Diocese of St. Petersburg and donations to the Annual Pastoral Appeal.