Missionary Blog | Team 2

One last time, hello from Team 2!   In this blog post we’d like to take a little time to reflect on our past year with NET Ministries. First of all, it’s hard to believe we’re at that point in the semester where the end is in sight. In some ways this has seemed like...

Missionary Blog | Team 16

John 16:7 says, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” The apostles were sad and confused when Jesus was leaving them but as he said, he had to...

Missionary Blog | Team 11

Metanoia ~ “What was once done out of obedience, is now done out of love.” Oh hey there! Greetings from Team 11, serving at Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN. As we come close to our last few weeks here, our hearts are warm and spirits are joyful, even though it is...

Missionary Blog | Team 10

Hi there! I can't believe I'm writing the final blog post of this year. It's all flown by so quickly. I knew it would, but still! We’ve traveled over 21,000 miles, put on 110 retreats, and and we have about a month left of ministry. As I reflect on all this adventure...

Missionary Blog | Team 3

"Put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." - Colossians 3:14 Team life- it means joy, patience, sacrifice, humility, gratefulness, but above all, love. Part of being a NET missionary means committing to a team. We all come from different walks...

Missionary Blog | Team 5

Hello from Southern California! It’s Team 5! Since the last time I had wrote, so much has happened. We just had our Easter break. It was an amazing break, much needed! Since then, we have jumped right back into ministry and have done a couple of retreats for high...

Parking Enforcement Officer God

The first time I got a parking ticket, I sat in my car and cried for a good ten minutes. I was doing homework in a coffee shop in downtown St. Paul and I had parked in a two-hour spot on a nearby side street. The whole time I was studying, I was paranoid about my...

Stay Close to God

Dear Friend in Christ, What is that one bit of advice you would like to share with the next generation more than anything … a message that would 1) help guide a young person throughout their life, 2) serve as a safety net in a world of unknowns, and 3)...

When He Catches Your Gaze

This gospel passage I read recently hit me, y’all. Which I guess is a good sign, all things considered. Scripture should affect me. If I’m being honest though, I have three possible reactions when I read the Gospels. One: feel uber loved, cherished, and at peace. Two:...

Missionary Blog | Team 9

Happy March from Team 9! We finally left the frozen tundra of the Midwest and made our way out to the East Coast. We have been in New Jersey for a little over a week, and we will spend our time doing retreats here until Easter. Our team has been loving the state and...

Missionary Blog | Team 8

All Glory To Him “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” Psalm 9:1 Hello from Team 8. Much has happened since our last post - including our team phone flying into a ditch, the one time we stopped at a gas...

Missionary Blog | Team 10

Hello there. Today, I want to write about freedom. I want to write about freedom because this year, I’ve learned a lot about it. A couple of weeks ago, we were driving from Iowa to Missouri. We took one of the final turns towards our destination, and realized that we...

The Eternal Backpacker

I called it the Turtle Shell. A monstrosity of a backpack. It was huge. Like the freshmen in high school who managed to fit their entire locker in their backpack. This was bigger. If I turned around too quickly I could knock someone over. And let's just say I wasn't...

Missionary Blog | Team 5

“Individually we are one drop but together we are an ocean.” Hello from Team 5! Our journey has been one crazy rollercoaster. We have all been enjoying a beautiful and warm winter here in Southern California. Since coming back from a two week break for Christmas, we...

Missionary Blog | Team 4

Greetings from Team 4! We are back on the road! After a two week Christmas break spent with our families, we are back together again and jumping right back in where we left off. In these past weeks we have put on ten retreats and have been in the Dioceses of Superior,...

Missionary Blog | Team 16

Well Christmas break is over and we're back again in the sunshine state! Actually as I'm writing this I get the pleasure of sitting on the beach which is about a 20 minute walk from the parish, wow God is good. Since we've been back things have been busy, picking up...

Missionary Blog | Team 3

Life on NET, it’s not easy. It’s not for the faint-hearted. We give a lot, it takes a lot. You have to get up every morning and continuously choose Christ. The days are long and exhausting, but we must often remind ourselves that He doesn’t want what’s easy for us, He...

Missionary Blog | Team 2

“Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of the world that will be brought on by be change in your life and persevere to the very end in...

Missionary Blog | Team 11

“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, in working with him in the building of the civilization of love.” - St. John Paul II   Greetings from Team 11! We are back in the full swing of things...

Missionary Blog | Team 9

Hello again from Team 9! We are currently in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Since leaving the NET Center at the beginning of the month, we have spent time doing retreats in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Being from California, I’m slightly shocked at how COLD it...

Come and See

An excerpt from the gospel reading for the second Sunday of Ordinary Time- John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw...

Missionary Blog | Team 8

Hello from New Orleans, Louisiana! Since our Christmas break our team went to the diocese of Marquette in Michigan. Then we took 3 days to drive down to Louisiana. Many of us had beignets (delicious French pastries) here for the first time. We also are experiencing...

Missionary Blog | Team 10

Hi there! Since our last blog post, we were blessed with a Christmas break to recharge and celebrate our savior's birth with our families. We also got to do some more training in St. Paul which was really good for all of us. We've been back on the road for about three...

PROCLAIM your LOVE for JESUS

With your help, we’re reaching Catholic youth, along with their families, across the United States with an important message – that Jesus loves them! Join us in spreading the Gospel message to more people and share this message with all you know and love today! Here’s...

You Can’t Take It With You

Once or twice a year growing up, my mom would gather my sister and I together and ask us to go through our clothes and toys. Whatever we didn't want or use anymore was to be bagged up and given to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or the nearest church. Sometimes I...

You Know His Name

“Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you, and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 164) I invite you to sit with that message a little while. Read it again. This message is what...

Missionary Blog – Team 9

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NET Team 9! I am here sitting in a Starbucks while my team is putting on a retreat at St. Bede Academy in Peru… Illinois! It’s a week after Thanksgiving and the team is feeling refreshed and energized to finish out this half. We...

Missionary Blog – Team 9

Greetings from NET Team 9! We’re currently in Nashua, New Hampshire. New England is stunning! No one on our team is from this area, so we have all found ourselves in awe of how beautiful it is here. Our team is growing to love each other more and more every day. As we...

Missionary Blog – Team 6

Hey Guys! What’s up? Greetings from Team 6! We are the California regional team, and today, I want you to meet our team and hear some stories from our time on the road and how God has been at work through the ministry! There are twelve of us. Five men and seven women....

Missionary Blog – Team 5

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 Hello from southern California and the L.A. regional team! We have officially been on the road for about...

Missionary Blog – Team 1

Hey everyone, for those of you who aren't familiar with our team, we are the home team for the 17’-18’ year which means that we are based out of Saint Paul, MN and travel around the tri-state areas putting on retreats for the youth! We’re so excited to have the...

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