“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 love for Jesus Christ and a deep desire to seek His ways of truth and charity. This passion to know and love Jesus is apparent to youth attending NET retreats and many walk away profoundly impacted by His grace. There’s time to relate with each other, be embraced by God’s light, and awaken to His message of hope.

God has put these missionaries here today for a purpose and each encounter matters. Read Why We Serve. With your prayer and support, our goal this year is to spread the Gospel to nearly 100,000 Catholic youth across the nation.

As we move through this year of service, we pray for our faith’s future – thank you for joining us on this mission of building up the Catholic Church! We are all workers in the vineyard, each doing our part, and we’re all needed. Thank the Lord for people like you who have paved the way to make a difference in the lives of others.

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“The search for peace is an open-ended task, a responsibility that never ends and that demands the commitment of everyone.” – Pope Francis


NET team members are the core of our missionary work. Built on a strong, peer-to-peer model our young adult missionaries are purposely not so far removed in age from the ones they serve. (The average age of a NET missionary is 20 years old.) See below for more NET stats.


NET STATS AND INFORMATION Dioceses and states served last fiscal year:


2016-2017 Fast Facts

  • 4 Discipleship Weeks facilitated
  • 6 parish/school teams
  • 6 Youth Ministry Gatherings held
  • 8 Lifeline events presented
  • 16 NET teams fielded in the U.S.
  • 40 states served
  • 80 parishes trained at Youth Minister Gatherings
  • 112 dioceses served
  • 165 team members trained
  • 1,018 average attendees per Lifeline event
  • 1,197 retreats conducted
  • 2,750 one-on-ones conducted by parish team members
  • 95,729 young people reached
  • 310,657 miles traveled


Written by Amy Acheson, Development


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