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NET MINISTRIES

ANNUAL REPORT 2013-14

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NET MINISTRIES

2013-2014 Annual Report Challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church

BOARD OF

DIRECTORS PRESIDENT: Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, D.D. FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Mr. Mark Berchem, M.S.W., M.T.S. TREASURER: Mr. Edward Kocourek Mr. Gerald Brennan, CIMA Mr. Jack Cozzens Mr. Gordon DeMarais, M.A.T. Mr. Thomas Flynn Mrs. Jan Gloudeman Mr. Thomas Grundhoefer, J.D. Mr. Daniel Hagen, CFA Mrs. Helen Healy Mrs. Patricia Huber Dr. James Kolar, D.MIN. Mr. Patrick Regan EPISCOPAL ADVISORY BOARD: Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Ph.D., S.T.D. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, D.D. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, D.D. Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, D.D. Bishop Sam G. Jacobs, D.D. NET is under the ecclesiastical vigilance of the Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. It is governed by a national board of directors, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been audited by Lewis, Kisch and Associates, Ltd.

“my relationship with god was strengthened greatly through this retreat. the leaders were passionate and caring.” -Teen from New Jersey

“The retreat was extremely relatable. I feel like the team was really able to touch on all of the issues with my faith and they helped me realize how it is possible to overcome them.“” - Teen from Texas

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“The NET team lives out Christ’s call to evangelization daily. It is inspiring to see their devotion, passion, and zeal for spreading the kingdom of God. Being on core team and a weekly small group has really helped me open up about the desires of my heart to f ind my dignity as a daughter of God. I’m grateful for the team’s guidance and support.” - Parish Team Youth

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Dear Friends,

Oh boy! What an exciting year! 2013-14 was a blessed year for the missionaries of NET Ministries. Over 74,000 young Catholics experienced the powerful ministry of the NET teams and were invited to entrust their lives to Christ. Our missionaries were busy! They conducted 54 more retreats than the previous year and presented the gospel to nearly 6,000 more young people than the year before. The NET staff has worked hard to enhance our scheduling of retreats in an attempt to fully utilize the generosity of our missionaries. More retreats and larger retreats mean more young people have the opportunity entrust their life to Christ. Kudos to all those who help us schedule ministry opportunities across the country. Not to be outdone, our recruiting staff knocked it out of the park this year. As many of you know, NET is at the beginning of our Igniting Faith strategic plan whereby we intend to add one NET team every year for the next five years. Our recruiters have done so well this year that we are jumping ahead and adding two teams this coming year. That’s 20 more missionaries than a year ago! Well done! Of course, more teams will need more financial support. Our development staff is up to the challenge. This past year they exceeded expectations. We realize we are dependent on the generosity of so many benefactors who give of their resources to support this ministry, but someone has to put fundraising plans together and invite others to join in this important work. Our development staff did a fantastic job. We all know that the core of NET Ministries is the work of the NET teams. Through the years in our annual report we have featured some of their great work: retreat ministry, high school campus ministry, parish evangelization efforts, Lifeline, Discipleship Week. I am extremely grateful for the work of the program staff. But there is another set of staff who work more behind-the-scenes recruiting team members, scheduling retreats, and raising funds. Without their dedicated service the reach and impact of the NET teams would be greatly diminished. As you read through the annual report and you see all the good things that are being accomplished through NET, please be aware that there is a staff behind the scenes working generously and selflessly to advance our mission. To all of them I say thank you. And all of you who are reading the report - thanks for your support which makes our work possible. From making a donation to inviting us to your parish to hosting one of our team members in your home, you are part of the team behind the team. I am proud of all that we have accomplished together this year for the sake of our young people. Sincerely in Christ, Mark Berchem Founder and Executive Director Page 4 Page 4 ANNUAL REPORT 11-12 ANNUAL REPORT 13-14


NET OPENS A NEW OFFICE IN CINCINNATI

On July 14, 2014, NET Ministries officially marked the expansion of the long-awaited regional office in Cincinnati. Archbishop Schnurr of Cincinnati cut the ribbon and gave a blessing for the new NET office and staff members. This expansion marks a monumental time in the history of NET’s 33 years of ministry.

has been assigned the job of regional scheduling administrator. Ryan says of the new office, “Setting up an office here in Cincinnati has put us in a place where it is easier to communicate with those who work in the Archdiocese as well as be more available for the youth ministers and campus ministers in the area.”

With full generosity and support of the Archbishop, the new regional office is locat- NET’s next expansion goal is to open a reed inside the chancery of the Archdiocese of gional office in California in 2016. Cincinnati. Employees from the Archdiocese gathered outside of NET’s new office during the ribbon-cutting ceremony and enjoyed fellowship and refreshments afterward. In Minnesota, the staff at the NET Ministries headquarters was able to connect online via Google and view the ceremony live with enthusiasm and applause. NET employees Ryan Lopez and Catherine (Speltz) Lopez, who were recently wed this past May, moved to Cincinnati in early July and became the first NET employees at the regional office. The two handled the summer projects of painting, cleaning, and moving furniture so to prepare for the office opening. Ryan is now the regional coordinator for the Cincinnati branch and Catherine

TOP: ARCHBISHOP SCHNURR AND NET STAFF RYAN LOPEZ AND CATHERINE LOPEZ SMILE IN FRONT OF THE NEW OFFICE BOTTOM: ARCHBISHOP SCHNURR CUTS THE RIBBON AT THE CINCINNATI OFFICE Page 5 ANNUAL REPORTPage 11-12 5 ANNUAL REPORT 13-14


2013-2014 AT A GLANCE

(FISCAL YEAR: JULY 2013-JUNE 2014)

TOTAL YOUTH ON RETREAT BY STATE 413

683

643

504 132

10,317 2,424

560 1,473

1,071 5,270

1,335 636

239

979

435

281 2,191 285

288 73 186

2,543

2,444

4,934

3,907 1,019

653

118

2,056

1,516

1,422 1,631

OPERATING REVENUE

Program Fees (36.5%) Contributions (60.7%) Other Income (2.8%)

Total Revenue: $3,153,382

OPERATING EXPENSES

Program (72.3%) Administration (12.1%) Development (15.6%)

Total Expenses: $3,031,090

2,477

143 156

523 989 (D.C.)


TEAM MEMBERS

DIOCESES SERVED

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TEAM MEMBERS CONFIRMED

CONTRIBUTIONS

PROGRAM FEES

NUMBER OF YOUTH REACHED

2013-2014 AT A GLANCE

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(FISCAL YEAR: JULY 2013-JUNE 2014)


NET ALUMNI RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS Congratulations to NET alumnus Bishop Andrew Cozzens (91-92) who was ordained a bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN on December 9, 2013. NET alumni Fr. David Hogan (03-04, 04-05) and Fr. Paul Heric (84-85) were ordained priests this spring. NET alumna Sister Eliana (Jody) Day (9899) professed her final vows while Brother Jason of the Holy Spirit (Parrott, 01-02) professed his solemn vows.

NET ALUMNUS BISHOP ANDREW COZZENS

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62 ordained priests (including 1 bishop and 2 monsignors) 36 religious sisters (including 1 Mother Superior) 6 religious brothers

2013-2014 FAST FACTS

%

of NET alumni have pursued religious life.

1/2 %

of NET alumni are currently living out a religious vocation.

4 Discipleship Weeks facilitated

4 parish/school teams

8 Youth Ministry Gatherings held

8 Lifeline events presented

12 NET teams fielded in the U.S.

38 states visited

102 dioceses served

120 team members trained

977 retreats conducted

1,000 average attendees per Lifeline

17,272 host family members impacted

74,166 young people reached

233,491 miles traveled Page 9 ANNUAL REPORTPage 11-12 9 ANNUAL REPORT 13-14


PARISH/SCHOOL TEAMS NET’s parish/school teams, as opposed to traveling retreat teams, serve in one specific parish or school for the entire NET year. They help facilitate the existing youth ministry or campus ministry program. They focus on evangelization and the discipleship and training of parish or campus leaders. We have served a variety of parishes and schools since this program came into place nearly 10 years ago. Below is the list of where we were last year and where we will be going this coming year.

2013-2014

2014-2015

Providence Academy - Plymouth, MN

Providence Academy - Plymouth, MN

St. Peter’s - Forest Lake, MN

St. Peter’s - Forest Lake, MN

Cathedral High School - New Ulm, MN

Cathedral High School - New Ulm, MN

St. Joseph Cottleville - St. Charles, MO

St. Mark’s - Plano, TX St. Hubert’s - Chanhassen, MN

A PARISH TEAM MEMBER AND A YOUNG PERSON DISCUSS AT A LOCAL COFFEE SHOP Page 10 Page 10 ANNUAL REPORT 11-12 ANNUAL REPORT 13-14


NEXT YEAR: 2014-2015 RETREAT DATES ALABAMA Birmingham: Sept 25 - 27 Mobile: Mar 24 - Apr 2 ARIZONA Phoenix: Jan 29 - Feb 3 and Feb 17 - 24 CALIFORNIA Los Angeles: Feb 24 - Apr 14 Orange: Feb 24 - Mar 10 Sacramento & Oakland: Mar 24 - Apr 6 San Bernardino: Mar 5 - 31 and Feb 19 - 24 San Diego: Mar 10 - 19 Stockton: Mar 19 - 24 and Apr 21 - May 6 COLORADO Denver: Jan 12 - 27 Pueblo: Oct 25 - 28 CONNECTICUT Hartford: Nov 28 -30 FLORIDA Miami: Feb 13 - 24 Pensacola-Tallahassee: Apr 30 - May 7 Venice: Feb 19 - 25 and Apr 10 - 14 GEORGIA Atlanta: Mar 13 - 24 Savannah: Oct 10 - 23 and Mar 6 - 13 IDAHO Boise: Nov 7 - 13 ILLINOIS Belleville: Sept 21 - 30 Chicago: Mar 3 - 31 Joliet: Oct 31 - Nov 21 Peoria: Sept 30 - Oct 8 and Dec 1 - 4 Rockford: Nov 12 - 26 INDIANA Gary: Dec 1- 15 Indianapolis: Jan 15 - 20 Lafayette: Oct 3 - 7 and Nov 21 - 25 IOWA Davenport: Oct 9 - 28 Dubuque: Oct 14 - 22 Sioux City: Feb 5 - 17 KANSAS Dodge City: Oct 23 - 25 Kansas City: Jan 9 - 27 Wichita: Jan 29 - Feb 5 LOUISIANA Baton Rouge: Sept 27 - Oct 9 Lafayette: Jan 22 - Feb 3 New Orleans: Apr 21 - 30

MAINE Portland: Nov 20 - 23 MARYLAND Baltimore: Feb 3 - 12 MASSACHUSETTS Springfield: Oct 24 - 28 MICHIGAN Detroit: Apr 16 - May 8 Grand Rapids: Nov 29 - Dec 14 and Feb 12 - 18 Kalamazoo: Apr 29 - May 5 Marquette: Oct 9 - 18 MINNESOTA Crookston: Oct 10 - 28 New Ulm: Oct 18 - 31 St. Cloud: Sept 20 - Dec 15 and Jan 11 - May 9 St. Paul/Mpls: Sept 20 - Dec 15 and Jan 11 - May 9 Winona: Oct 28 - Nov 26

OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: Jan 12 - 29 Tulsa: Apr 19 - 23 OREGON Baker: Nov 13 - 26 Portland: Jan 29 - Feb 17 PENNSYLVANIA Erie: Jan 20 - 30 Greensburg: Dec 5 - 14 Harrisburg: Mar 7 - 24 Philadelphia: Nov 11 - 25 and Apr 6 - 28 Pittsburgh: Dec 1 - 5 and Mar 24 - Apr 2 RHODE ISLAND Providence: Nov 7 - 11 and Mar 4 - 7 SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston: Nov 26 - Dec 2

MISSISSIPPI Jackson: Feb 25 - Mar 1 and Apr 8 -16

SOUTH DAKOTA Rapid City: Oct 28 - Nov 6 Sioux Falls: Sept 20 - 29 and Dec 2 - 15

MISSOURI Jefferson City: Feb 17 - Mar 3 Springfield-Cape Girardeau: Dec 4 - 14

TENNESSEE Knoxville: Feb 2 - 4 Memphis: Mar 1 - 5

NEVADA Las Vegas: Feb 3 - 17 Reno: Apr 10 - 21

TEXAS Austin: Nov 13 - Dec 2 Feb 3 - 17 El Paso: Apr 9 - 18 Galveston-Houston: Jan 13 - Feb 3 San Antonio: Apr 24 - May 7 Victoria: Dec 2 - 13

NEW HAMPSHIRE Manchester: Oct 28 - Nov 20 NEW JERSEY Camden: Feb 21 - 26 and Mar 1 - 4 Newark: Apr 24 - 30 Paterson: Apr 6 - 24 Trenton: Mar 3 - 24 NEW YORK Rockville Centre: Feb 26 - Mar 1 Syracuse: Jan 30 - Feb 7 and Apr 30 - May 7 NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte: Oct 23 - 27 and Apr 15 - 20 NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Sept 23 - Oct 10 Fargo: Oct 29 - Nov 11 OHIO Cincinnati: Sept 20 - Dec 15 and Jan 11 - May 9 Columbus: Jan 10 - 20 and Feb 18 - 21 Toledo: Sept 21 - Oct 23

VIRGINIA Arlington: Sept 22 - 30 and Feb 19 - Mar 3 Richmond: Oct 27 - Nov 11 and Feb 5 - 19 WASHINGTON Seattle: Apr 16 - May 6 WASHINGTON, D.C. D.C.: Sept 30 - Oct 23 WEST VIRGINIA Wheeling-Charleston: Oct 23 - Nov 6 WISCONSIN La Crosse: Sept 29 - Oct 14 Milwaukee: Jan 9 - Feb 12 Superior: Sept 20 - Oct 2

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