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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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-Bishop Parkes



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." 

Andrew Johnson

Full-Time Director of Faith Formation

Our Lady of Lourdes 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.