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...

Missionary Blog – Team 4

Hello from Team 4! “Living holy lives is the goal of the Christian life and our essential purpose.” This quote by Catholic book writer and speaker, Matthew Kelly clearly states the goal each Christian has, which is to simply grow in holiness. This quote is very...

Missionary Blog – Team 2

Greetings from the twelve of us on Team 2! We’re writing from the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia and the year is progressing incredibly well! Before we continue, we’d like to introduce the members of our team. Our two team leaders are Ben Dorren (21)...

Taken for Granted

Playoffs. There’s nothing like it. The excitement in the air is almost tangible. It’s like Christmas, your birthday and national donut day rolled into one. I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was my senior year of college. The stage was set. It was a chilly,...

The Gift of Presence

In the past couple of months, our world has experienced tragedy to a vast degree. Seeing the many faces of pain and sorrow scattered across the news and our social media feeds, it is easy to fall into despair and wonder what we could possibly do to help. So many of...

Invite a NET Recruiter

Alumni! As I’ve been traveling my way around the states to share NET and give young adults the opportunity to serve as a NET Missionary, I’ve found that it is really YOU ALL who are able to “get me in” so to say. It is because of YOUR relationships and connections...

Be Opened

There is no sensation quite like the bizarre buzzing, ringing, and strangely hollow feeling you get in your ears after attending a music concert in a sold-out arena. When the lights come on and the crowds pour up the stairs toward the arena exits, your entire head...

Our Mission Together

“The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for …” CCC 27 NET missionaries have a reverent, sincere...

Why We Serve

Perspectives from NET Missionaries laboring in the love of Jesus NET Missionary Michael McGarrity of San Antonio, Texas; Team 14   About the discernment process When I was going through my college applications, something didn’t seem quite right to me about all of it....

Connect with NET

Friends of NET: Thank you for your partnership in reaching Catholic youth with the Gospel message. We know of your devotion to embrace and raise up the Church, now maybe more than ever, to spread the Good News and keep youth engaged. Recent studies indicate fewer than...

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