MISSIONARY BLOG | Team 12

Another month has come and gone, and let me tell ya, the Lord has been working hard! As our hearts yearn for holiness, Christ continues to be our stronghold and rock through it all. We strive to live out the many virtues God has given us as gifts to grow in faith....

Missionary Blog | Team 11

“[For], ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans...

Missionary Blogs | Team 13

Greetings from Texas! Despite the fact that it is the Advent season, it is still 70 degrees and sunny here, and we, Team 13, are enjoying every minute of it! The past month of our ministry has been filled with many incredible experiences and encounters with the Lord....

Missionary Blog | Team 14

Hello from Team 14! Host home ministry is a powerful way that we reach out to families here at St. Francis of Assisi parish. Because we stay with each family for two weeks at a time, we are blessed to enter into each family’s life in an authentic way. We have stayed...

Missionary Blog | Team 11

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.” -1 Chronicles 16:23 NET Team 11 has been at Providence Academy (PA) in Plymouth, Minnesota for about 6 weeks now, and boy has it been great! After 5 weeks of training at the NET Center in West...

Missionary Blog | Team 9

Hello from Team 9! We started serving with NET, as Team 9, September 24th and had our first retreat the following day in the Diocese of Toledo, OH. Since then we have put on 36 retreats and ministered to countless individuals all within the dioceses of Toledo, OH and...

Missionary Blog | Team 1

Greetings from the Home Team in West St. Paul! It’s hard to believe we’re already more than halfway through our first half of the year on NET, but perhaps time flies when each day is filled with different ministry responsibilities that range from putting on retreats,...

Outside The Box

Every once in a while, life doesn’t seem to “fit” anymore. What should be comfy and cozy feels jagged and dilapidated and all kinds of out of sorts. It’s usually on those days when I hunt for comfort from social media - I try to find what I’m missing in what other...

NET In Nicaragua

NET Ministries recently completed a request to travel 3,000 miles from their home base in the cold land of Minnesota to the 90 degree tropics of Nicaragua. The goal was to evangelize the youth at St. Augustine Preparatory school. After graciously accepting this...

Missionary Blog | Team 4

Hello from the diocese of Philadelphia, PA! We’ve been hard at work putting on retreats, spending time with each other, and spreading the Good News! At this point in the ministry, we have led over 120 retreats to over 6,000 young people around the country. As we...

Missionary Blog | Team 14

At the beginning of this year, I heard a quote from a NET alum that went a little something like this - “NET is the best thing for you if you love getting really close to people, and then suddenly being ripped away from them.” And when I first heard it, I laughed,...

My Name is NO! My Number is NO!

For those readers who don't know, Meghan Trainor's new hit single titled "NO" describes a hip swinging bachelorette type of girl who considers herself untouchable. The chorus says, "My name is no, My sign is no, My number is no, You need to let it go." The song...

Missionary Blog | Team 12

As a team, we have been very blessed with the opportunity to serve at Cathedral High School this year. We have learned many things about our faith, the youth, ourselves, and each other. Each and every one of us has grown this year in learning to meet people where they...

Missionary Blog | Team 6

While Christ walked this earth, it is easy for us to see that He led a humble and simple life. During His ministry, He moved from town to town not worrying about where He would sleep or what He would eat because He had total faith in His Heavenly Father. Life on the...

Missionary Blog | Team 11

“You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of His love, courageous witnesses of His Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of His light." He is challenging the youth of the Church to be witnesses to their faith and to carry out the message of the Gospel now....

Missionary Blog | Team 6

We read in John 16:33, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Every single day provides for us an opportunity to grow in virtue. Every day, God is reaching out to us...

Bunnies Don’t Make This Week Holy

It can be hard to believe that bunnies, beach tans, and Easter baskets have nothing to do with the holiness of Holy Week. Only one week out of the year has the distinction of being called “holy,” which confuses me, especially since there are 51 other weeks full of...

Missionary Blog | Team 11

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world, yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; yours are the hands which He is to bless men...

Missionary Blog – Team 6

“This power of rejoicing in the midst of suffering is not natural; it is a supernatural gift of God.” (Father Girolamo Savonarola) Our team was in a van accident back in December as we were traveling from California to Minnesota. Despite the traumatic event, the above...

Why I Need to Give Mercy This Lent

Lent. The time of year where Catholics get some ashes smeared on our foreheads, give up something we like, and eat fish. But that's not all there is to it.   In my mind, I know that Lent is meant to be a season of repentance and experiencing God's mercy. Makes sense....

Encountering the Person of Jesus, Not Perfection

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Matthew 9:13 This Lent, let’s aim for encountering the person of Jesus, not perfection. Well, here we go again. Each year, Lent seems to catch me by surprise and before you know it, I’m sitting at Mass on Ash Wednesday still debating...

Labor For An Audience of One

Recently I was talking to a person who was feeling called to greater leadership in the ministry of the Church. He felt like God was asking him to take more boldness in the religious education class he was teaching, to begin writing his first book for the Lord, and to...

Another Force Has Already Awakened

In a galaxy far, far away, the only hope for civilization is a forgotten power. The Force. It surrounds and penetrates; it binds the galaxy together. When I first saw the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, I was surprisingly emotional. The nostalgia of playing Star...

Typical Jock Mean Girl

In high school, I was your typical jock mean girl. Popularity and sports were the most important things for me. I wanted to be the best and look the best. Nothing could get in my way. I tore people down to get to the top and let the idea of being the best consume me....

Spring Routes

Team 1 St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN Jan 9 – May 14 Front Row: Jaime Sanchez, Morgan Mattfeld, Ryan Garrison, Sam Rabassa Middle Row: Sarah Labbe, Gabby Tijerina, Mariah Schultz, Caris Holzapfel, Teresa Wolfgram Back Row: Mickey Carroll, Manny Huerta Benitez, Joshua...