Since January, our team has been striving to memorize and pray through specific scripture verses together. This week’s verses is :
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” –Hebrews 10:24-25
When I was personally praying about this verse and how to apply it to my life and the team, I thought a lot about my family. I recognized that as a Catholic family, we needed to stick together and encourage each other to live out the faith. I couldn’t help but think about my NET team, and how we constantly need to challenge one another to love and do good works. To strive to be holy everyday. Even just waking up and seeing the women on my team praying every morning makes me want to grow closer to God. I can hardly begin to express how much I absolutely love my team. Since I admire my team so much, here is a little bit about each of the members of Team 1.
Bio: Ashley is 24 years old and from Las Vegas, NV. She loves reading, crafting, playing cards, watching Dr. Who and Sherlock, letterboxing, learning about the church fathers, and going to concerts. She has three sisters. Ashley went to college at UNLV for four years and graduated with a BA in English.
Patron Saint: St. Briged of Ireland – patron of nuns.
Fun Fact: Ashley once ate 14 cloves of garlic in a salad, and smelled like garlic for 3 days after because it began sweating out her pores.
What is God teaching you lately? “God is teaching me that I must fully accept his will and learn to offer up all the struggles I face daily to him, and that I must meet him daily in prayer, where my heart should be changed.”
Bio: Cat is 19 years old and from Carlisle, PA. She loves to sing, tell jokes (mostly about cats), wear scarves, going on adventures, eating Nutella with animal crackers, listening to music, going on long walks (not on the beach), and drinking coffee (specifically any type of mocha – don’t judge). Cat will be attending Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio for catechetics and theology. She has two brothers and one sister.
Patron Saint: St. Zeta – patron of domestic workers
Fun Fact: When Cat was 6 months old, she fell two stories on a concrete sidewalk out of a window.
What is God teaching you lately? “Total trust in the Lord, for my entire life and on a day to day basis.”
Bio: Donovan is 19 years old and from Houghson, CA. He loves singing, playing guitar, writing music, reading, baseball, basketball, golf, tons of other sports, cooking, and eating kit cats. He has gone to one year of college at Modesto Junior College. After this year of NET, he plans on doing a second year and eventually finishing college with a degree in either business or communications. He has two sisters and one brother.
Patron Saint: St. Aaron
Fun Fact: When Donovan was seven, he was scared of growing up because he thought that he would never stop getting taller. He put peanut butter up his nose because he figured that doing so would make him stop growing.
What is God teaching you lately? “God has been showing me that I’m not entitled to anything or anyone, and that in everything I must become a new creation and give thanks to him for everything.”
Bio: Mariah is 19 years old and from Phoenix, AZ, but Ozark, MO is her hometown forever. She comes from a family with six kids and is the second oldest. She loves singing, painting, and running. This past May, she graduated high school before joining NET and aspires to be a kindergarten teacher.
Patron Saint: Saint Joan of Arc – Patron saint of warriors and France. She is super fierce and a soldier of the Lord!
Fun Fact: Mariah loves coffee – a lot – especially the mint condition mocha from Caribou.
What is God teaching you lately? “God has been teaching me the importance of learning about other people’s lives and knowing when to listen.”
Robert Ybarra III
Bio: Robert is 19 years old and from Fortworth, TX. He loves to wear cowboy boots, tell people that he is an albino Hispanic, work on cars, play sports, eat, watch Nacho Libre, and have Catholic parties. He joined this year of NET with his best friend Mark, who is on Team 10. He was a graduate in 2013 and came to NET shortly after. Robert is an only child. He is an ROTC airman first class and is discerning continuing in the air force after NET.
Patron Saint: St. Martin – Patron of soldiers
Fun Fact: Robert is striving for bilocation.
What is God teaching you lately? “God is teaching me that I need to have the ultimate trust in Him without fear or regret and I LOVE JESUS.”
Bio: Chelsie is 23 years old. She is the oldest of two. She enjoys biking, traveling, and reading. She graduated from college this past December with a degree in communication and theology. She is interested in becoming a youth or campus minister after NET.
Patron Saint: St. Agnes
Fun Fact: Chelsie loves neon colors.
What is God teaching you lately? “God is teaching me how important it is to die to myself each and every day. He is changing me to become a better and holier person each and every day. It helps me to realize how much I sin and inspires me to grow deeper in my faith.”
Bio: Dusty will be 22 this month and is from Wannaska, MN. He enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, listening to music,and playing guitar. He grew up on a farm and has six siblings. Back home, he worked as a mechanic. He has a welding degree and his dream is to create and perform Christian music.
Patron Saint: St. Martin of Tours
Fun Fact: Dusty has played guitar for 15 years and can play the opening verse of “The Sound of Truth” by As I Lay Dying. (Look it up; it’s crazy.) He also has six-toed cats.
What is God teaching you lately? “God is teaching me to be more selfless.”
Bio: Allie is 20 years old and the youngest of two. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. She finished her second year of college at the University of North Colorado studying elementary education. Allie converted to Catholicism during her freshman year of college (2 years ago). She loves watching football, hiking, being in the mountains, playing cards with her friends, swimming, reading, and dogs (a lot).
Patron Saint: St Catherine of Alexandra – (She’s a boss) Patron of Philosophers, she converted over 500 people while in a jail cell.
Fun Fact: Allie works at the train that goes to the top of Pikes Peak.
What is God teaching you lately? “God is teaching me humility. That I must empty myself completely of everything that is not of him so that He can fill me, and that everything that I do should glorify Him.”
Bio: Petey is 18 years old, and is from Turlock, CA. He is an only child, but has amazing dogs named Johnny and Sparky. He loves music, creating music, gaming, and playing sports. His dream is to be a soundtrack writer for movies and games. He loves music to the point of when he plays, he feels one with the music.
Patron Saint: St. Joseph – Patron of young men, hard workers, and families.
Fun Fact: Petey makes his own music at his home in Cali and has a song on iTunes.
What is God teaching you lately? “God has been teaching me patience, humility, and the power of prayer with scripture.”
Bio: Amanda is 21 years old and is from Tallahassee, FL. She has completed three years of college at Florida State University. She loves to read, play sports, make people laugh, listen to country music. She is 6’1”. She has 5 siblings, one being a Brother of Hope. Amanda was homeschooled and lives on a farm.
Patron Saint: St. Maria Goretti
Fun Fact: This past summer, Amanda was struck by lightning (no joke).
What is God teaching you lately? “I am always called to grow more.”
Bio: Colby is 19 and from Boston, MA. He served on NET last year. He likes to exercise, hang out with friends, and read spiritual books, and wants to be a national Catholic speaker someday. He has one younger brother.
Patron Saint: St. Benedict – Patron of warding off temptation, obtaining the conversion of sinners, help in preserving purity, & granting the grace of a happy death.
Fun Fact: When Colby gets stressed out about sports games, he pulls out his beard.
What is God teaching you lately? “God is teaching me what it means to have a servant’s heart and have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.”
Nikayla Snyder (your blog writer)
Bio: Nikayla is 20 years old and from Hazen, ND. She has gone to one year of college so far, and is studying art. She enjoys painting, drawing, photography, fashion, swing dancing, writing poetry and lyrics, listening and playing music, singing, playing instruments, adventure, concerts, and traveling. She is very intrigued by nature and loves to play volleyball and football. She is the second of four children and has two nephews. Someday, she wants to be in a band and tour the country.
Patron Saint: St. Cecilia – Patron Saint of musicians
Fun Fact: Nikayla can do over 15 accents, including recent favorites: Russian, Sarah Palin, and Spanish.
What is God teaching you lately? “Lately, I have been learning the true beauty of Christ and His works. I have especially been interested in drawing his face, and have also been learning how important reading scripture the life of Jesus each day is. He is teaching me to give over all control of my life to him.”