Ryan M. Phelan,  Associate Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry        or call: 727-344-1611, ext. 5328

RyanRyan was born and raised in a suburb outside of New York City and at the age of fifteen be began working at a nearby Catholic retreat center. During college he was involved in the Newman Center and after receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Temple University, he became the Associate Director of Youth Ministry for the Eastern Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco. There he was certificated in Youth Ministry from the Center for Ministry Development and focused on leadership development and service retreat opportunities for high school students, while also working with young adults (helping them to stay involved in their local Catholic communities while in college and after graduation), and assisting the vocations office in recruiting and forming seminarians. During this time he was also asked to evaluate and train youth ministry teams and volunteers at the various schools and parishes in the province. Currently he is working towards a master’s degree in theology from St Leo’s University.

Leona R. Peszka, Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry                   or 727-344-1611 ext. 5327

LeonaLeona, born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, is a resident of Pinellas County and a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Pinellas Park.  She brings with her the vast experience and wisdom gained from her involvement in numerous parish ministry endeavors including Christ Renews His Parish, Spiritual Direction for CRHP, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Parish Council Member, RCIA Catechist, and as a Youth Ministry Core Team Member.  She was commissioned by Bishop Lynch in June of 2014 as a Lay Ecclesial Minister upon her completion of the 4-year LPMI program and is now a Mentor for the Theological Reflection aspect of LPMI formation for current students.  She is a graduate of the University of Tampa.