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...

2017-18 Missionary Fall Routes

Team 1 - St. Paul & Minneapolis Home Team  St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN September 23 - December 15 Team 2 - Traveling Retreat Team  Diocese Toledo, OH:  September 24 - October 24 Diocese Pittsburgh, PA:  October 24 -November 2 Diocese Wheeling-Charleston, WV:  November...

Fighting Mediocrity

As an athlete, I know what it feels like to be in shape. But I also know all too well what it feels like to be out of shape. And usually that middle ground happens faster than I like it to. I don’t just sit around thinking of ways to get out of shape. I become passive...

An Invitation to the Longing Ones

You know the feeling. The abyss that stretches in your chest in the silent places. We’ve all felt it.  Sometimes the ache is cast in a halcyon glow, like when the sun rises over the water in a riot of color or we stand before the staggering expanse of mountain peaks....

Missionary Blog | Team 9

Currently, Team 9 is in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois and almost to the 100th mark in retreats since beginning in September. As a team we have grown a lot spiritually and being able to interact as a team. The reason why we all have chosen to serve this year with...

Missionary Blogs | Team 9

Life as a NET missionary is anything but stable-typically staying in a town for only a day and then moving on to the next town the next day, and sometimes going back to that same town. As a team, we never know exactly where we are in relation to where we have been. It...

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,...

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