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5 Takeaways | Sami Cordella

5 Takeaways | Sami Cordella

Twenty years ago, I served my first year as a NET Missionary. Two decades may have passed; however, much of that formation remains a foundation for my daily life. I've been asked to highlight 5 takeaways…so buckle up, say a van prayer, and let's get started. via giphy...

“I Am Still Right Here” | Briana Weber

“I Am Still Right Here” | Briana Weber

Maybe you don't feel God right now. Maybe you do. But whether you served with NET two years ago or twenty, God is still just as close to you today as He was at your commissioning mass. He is still the God that you worshiped in team prayer. Jesus' love you shared...

A Day in the Life of NET | Team 11

A Day in the Life of NET | Team 11

"So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives growth. He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers…" (1 Cor 3:7-9, RSV2CE)   A Day In Our Life...

Love and the Holy Spirit | Team 8

Love and the Holy Spirit | Team 8

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and power.” - 2 Timothy 1:7    Learning to Love One thing I’ve been reflecting a lot on during this NET year is the virtue of love. During fall training, NET Missionaries are told countless times about the...

Loving Well and Avoiding Avoidance | Team 7

Loving Well and Avoiding Avoidance | Team 7

The Art of Avoidance  I’ve learned a lot through being “on the road”, but one of the most important things is that…. Jesus is funny! I’ve always been a joyful person, and even intentional conversations come easily, but it wasn’t until the road that I realized...

How Much More? | Team 13

How Much More? | Team 13

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will...

Fishers of Men? | Team 11

Fishers of Men? | Team 11

It has been two months of being on the road with NET Team 11 and living in Jasper, Indiana has been new for all of us. Jasper is a small town but it has a warm comforting environment like a warm chocolate chip cookie after it's fresh out of the oven. The sense of...

Road Grace–It’s Real | Team 4

Road Grace–It’s Real | Team 4

Before NET, I struggled with not having a healthy concept of work and routine. I manipulated my senior year schedule so I wouldn’t have classes until 9:40, and yet I still had a hard time making it to school on time. After-school activities left me drained and I...

Wherever God Wants Us | Team 8

Wherever God Wants Us | Team 8

Transitioning to life on the road has been an adventure, but we have grown so much as a team and as individuals and experienced the Lord working in amazing ways! So far we’ve traveled around Minnesota and Wisconsin, where we have conducted over a dozen retreats and...

The Power of a Name | Team 3

The Power of a Name | Team 3

“Ally Elizabeth!” That’s what I frequently heard called down the stairs by my mother if I was urgently needed. Names are Powerful Ally Elizabeth. I’ve heard it hundreds of times, but names are powerful. Psalm 54:3 says, “O God, by your name save me.” The footnotes of...

Feminine Genius | Team 6

Feminine Genius | Team 6

I love the feminine genius. The idea that women are so highly valued by God simply because they are women. We are seen, known and loved by the Creator and are considered the crown jewel of creation. Wow. How humbling it is to have that title. St. John Paul the Second...

When We Ignore So Great a Salvation | Team 9

When We Ignore So Great a Salvation | Team 9

“We’re trained to be managers, to organize life, to make things happen. That’s what’s built our culture, and it’s not all bad. But if you transfer that to the spiritual life, it’s pure heresy. It doesn’t work.” -Fr. Richard Rohr This time last year (the spring and...

The Lessons We Teach That We Also Learn | Team 4

The Lessons We Teach That We Also Learn | Team 4

Our team has had the wonderful opportunity to be trained in virtual retreats. We do a hybrid of virtual and in-person retreats. We have many busy days and meet lots of youth. We’ve put on almost 50 retreats! Being on retreat so often, there are a lot of things that we...

Evangelizing in the Normalcy of Life | Team 10

Evangelizing in the Normalcy of Life | Team 10

One of the biggest things we have learned in this time of ministry is how important bringing up Jesus’ redeeming love in normal conversations is and that the Lord can bear fruit in every situation. One of the most profound examples of this are "no-obligation" days,...

¿Qué es ser un misionero? | Team 5

¿Qué es ser un misionero? | Team 5

Recuerdo que esta pregunta me la hizo mi prima cuando regrese a casa por los días festivos. Automáticamente la respuesta que le di fue que ser un misionero es simplemente compartir la palabra de Dios y platicar sobre Él. Y después de contestar su pregunta me puse a...

Choose Joy | Team 3

Choose Joy | Team 3

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2) The longer I am on the road serving with NET the more I learn about what pure joy is. I have come to know that pure joy comes with trust and where I can find and fight...

Persevering in the Face of Opposition | Team 11

Persevering in the Face of Opposition | Team 11

There will always be those that seek to destroy and stop that which is good, holy, and pure. Most times that opposition is expected to come more from people and not as much from a sickness. COVID-19 has no doubt affected not only NET and its mission but also the lives...

Leading, Learning, &  Fun | Team 8

Leading, Learning, & Fun | Team 8

Hello! Welcome back to the life of Team 8! For the past month, we have had a total of 4 retreats and have taken part in some ministry with the parishes we held retreats at.   Our four retreats were in Minnesota, Kansas, and Texas. In some of these retreats, we have...

Peace, Or A Lack Thereof | Team 6

Peace, Or A Lack Thereof | Team 6

What do you think of when you hear the word peace? Do you think of a still lake, a quiet library, or a feeling in your chest? Do you think of the way Christ speaks of peace?  According to Google, peace has two definitions. First, freedom from disturbance; tranquility....

He Always Brings Us Back | Team 1

He Always Brings Us Back | Team 1

As a missionary, most think that every encounter we have with a youth or in a ministry situation is life changing or extremely impactful. This is true in some cases, but usually we leave unsure of any affect made on the youth. A big part of our ministry is letting go...

Bearing Fruit | Team 4

Bearing Fruit | Team 4

Three brothers from our team were staying with a host family which included two parents and an 18 year old daughter who lived at home (she was going to college remotely due to Covid-19). On the surface, we couldn’t tell that this family was any different than any...

The Power of One | Team 10

The Power of One | Team 10

We have been in the Sioux Falls Diocese in South Dakota for awhile now. One of the great opportunities we have as a diocesan team is that we get to put on retreats as well as something called an Encounter Event. It is basically a short retreat for all age groups. This...

Meet Our Thirteenth Team Member | Team 9

Meet Our Thirteenth Team Member | Team 9

Our team has a strong devotion to "Mama Mary" as Andrew (team member) has taught us to call our Heavenly Mother up in Heaven. One of our favorite ways to end night prayer or "after retreat prayer" is by singing the Hail Mary. We also love praying the scriptural rosary...

The Gift of Sisters | Team 7

The Gift of Sisters | Team 7

What does it mean to be a sister? To some, the word sister is simply a female sibling. Some think of a religious sister. For a long time, that’s what I thought too. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my sisters, I always have, and I always will, but it never registered in...

Life in the Spirit

Life in the Spirit

The other day, I was having a casual conversation with someone about the weather. We experience many different kinds of weather here in Minnesota, but the two of us agreed that wind was our least favorite. Upon further reflection, I realized that I liked wind less...

World of Woundedness | Team 2

World of Woundedness | Team 2

Greetings from NET Team 2!  Saint Paul writes that “all have fallen short of the glory of God, all have been freely justified through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:23)  For the last few months we have been traveling through the eastern Midwest,...

Ministering Virtually | Team 5

Ministering Virtually | Team 5

Greetings from California!  Our team has been focusing on virtual retreats and random evangelization. At first there was definitely some sort of uncertainty when it came to moving all of our ministry online, especially in the midst of the pandemic. But to our surprise...

Now Is The Time | Team 12

Now Is The Time | Team 12

Being in New Brighton Minnesota has been a wonderful and spiritually enriching experience for us here on NET team 12. We have really gotten to know the beautiful community here at St. John’s and our ministry is flourishing even under the scary shadow of Covid-19. One...

Pandemics, Priorities, and Prayer | Team 3

Pandemics, Priorities, and Prayer | Team 3

Oh how the Lord provides in all times, even the most uncertain times. As taboo as the phrase “global pandemic” was 10 months ago, it has rapidly become a normal part of daily vocabulary and human experience. Needless to say -- ‘adapt and overcome’ has been an...

God is Still Good | Team 1

God is Still Good | Team 1

Hello from the homies based in West St. Paul, Minnesota! The home team has been very busy in these first couple months of ministry as we’ve taken the world of technology to our advantage by continuing some retreats virtually, finding new ways to minister to and love...

Before You’re Ready | Team 11

Before You’re Ready | Team 11

Diving into the unknown can be exciting, intense, and challenging. Taking the plunge can push and pull you in different directions, and lead you to places you have never been before. When this happens, one can feel out of place or uncomfortable, but those feelings are...

Thanksgiving in 2020

Thanksgiving in 2020

I was listening to a podcast recently #classicmillennial and it was brought up that this Thanksgiving is going to look different than previous years.   My family’s Thanksgiving usually consists of family coming over mid-morning, eating so much good food that my mom...

Discerning NET & What I Learned | Team 6

Discerning NET & What I Learned | Team 6

Hey hey. I’m Austin, and I love my life. I always have loved my life, but right now I really love my life. I have had a whirlwind of a life and I am just now starting to understand that I have no control over it, only God does (and thank goodness for that).  In high...

Invite a NET Recruiter

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

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...

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