Meet Our Clergy

Father Michael O’Loughlin M.Div.

Fr. Michael O’Loughlin has been Pastor of Holy Protection for the last twelve years. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Sts. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Father is the Vocation’s Director and Co-Director of Youth and Young Adults for the Eparchy of Phoenix. Father is the Byzantine host of Catholic Stuff You Should Know Podcast, the largest Catholic podcast in the world He regularly appears on many different Catholic media outlets bringing deeper understanding of Byzantine Catholicism. He can be reached at

Fr. Deacon Basil Ryan Balke M.A. M.Th. LPCC

Father Deacon Basil Ryan is a native of Colorado, and has lived in Denver for most of his life. He holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Regis University and a Masters of Theology from the University of Balaamond. Fr. Dcn. Basil is married to his lovely wife Brittany, and they have two daughters. Deacon Basil is passionate about the therapeutic healing found in Eastern Catholicism. Fr. Dcn. Basil is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate in the State of Colorado, and the head of the Mount Tabor Counseling in DenverĀ He can be reached at

Fr. Deacon Joel Barstad Ph.D.

Fr. Deacon Joel Barstad is a native of Colorado, and the Academic Dean of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver CO. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies of the University of Notre Dame, a Masters of Medieval Studies from Notre Dame, a Masters of Arts in Early Christian Studies from Catholic University and a Bachelors of Arts in Classics-History-Politics from Colorado College. Fr. Deacon Joel is married to his wife lovely Leslie and they have seven children. He can be reached at