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Meet the Team

Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Ryan Phelan, Director

Melissa Mulson, 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



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