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c on t i n ua l growth An explosion of applications, energy, and love for Christ hit our offices this year. Wanting to reach out to as many youth as possible, we made some positive changes this year, thanks in part to the help of our many donors. A TENTH TEAM This year, we rounded out our numbers and added a tenth team to the lineup. With 110 NET team members, it only seemed to make sense that an additional team would be necessary. Thanks to your generous support, the dream of adding a tenth team became possible this year.

A SPLIT TEAM The Home Team consists of 14 team members this year, four of whom have dual responsibility. Three days a week, the four designated members of the Home Team separate from the pack and serve at Providence Academy, a Catholic, college-prep, educational community in Plymouth, Minnesota. During the remaining days of the week, the four designated members rejoin the Home Team to serve the youth of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

and other previous parish teams having been resoundingly successful, NET decided to add to the list. A second parish team will exclusively serve All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville, Minnesota this year.

A SECOND PARISH TEAM Last year, an entire team was dedicated to serving just one parish for the year - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) in Hastings, Minnesota. With the SEAS Parish Team

Don’t miss out! Keep up to date at as the teams blog about and post photos of their adventures on the road.

The team members have completed their training and are currently conducting retreats for youth across the country. Please keep the teams in your prayers as they work to proclaim the Gospel to young Catholics.


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Challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church

executive director Dear Friends,

board of

directors PRESIDENT: Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, D.D. FOUNDER/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Mr. Mark Berchem, M.S.W., M.T.S. TREASURER: Mr. Jack Cozzens Mr. Gerald Brennan, CIMA Mr. Gordon DeMarais, M.A.T. Mrs. Jan Gloudeman Mr. Thomas Grundhoefer, J.D. Mr. Daniel Hagen, CFA Mrs. Helen Healy Mrs. Patricia Huber Mrs. Barbara Koch Dr. James Kolar, D.MIN. Mr. Alan Kraling 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 ecclesial 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.


Many of us are regretfully familiar with situations where a young person dies much too soon. The NET family recently had that experience with the tragic death of alumnus Jonathan Sanchez. Jonathan served with NET in the 2006-2007 year. After returning home to California, Jonathan served as a Core Member for Life Teen, member of the Young Adult Team of Our Lady, and founder and leader of ARMEE Ministries at his parish. Over one thousand friends and family members attended Jonathan’s visitation and funeral. Why? Because Jonathan lived his life for others. He had a mission - to live for God, humbly serve others, and point others toward Christ. Whether through his music, infectious smile, or listening ear, Jonathan always shared Christ’s love with others.

Jonathan Sanchez

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, Paul writes, “Let no one look down on you because of your youth, but be a continuing example of love, faith, and purity.” Jonathan was only 23 years old when God called him home, but his young age didn’t prevent him from impacting many lives. May all of us, young and old, be inspired by Jonathan’s wonderful example to live a life so as to bring Christ’s life and love to others. Because of his example, Jonathan’s sister Bianca served with NET in 2008-2009, and his brother Eryk is currently serving with NET on Team 9. Please keep Jonathan’s family in your prayers. May Jonathan’s soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. Sincerely in Christ,

Mark Berchem Founder and Executive Director NET MINISTRIES

introducing the

2010-2011 teams pictured left to right: Back Row: Kim Juncewski, Joe O’Hayre, Kiki Wallyn, Blake Yochum, Mary Henriquez, Jay Burke, Anna Roa Front Row: Charlotte Veamatahau, Josh Gamiao (leader), Cate Bunnell (leader), Max Thooft

autumn route: Sept 27-Oct 19: Washington D.C. Oct 19-26: Springfield, MA Oct 26-Nov 23: Manchester, NH Nov 23-Dec 14: Harrisburg, PA

team one

pictured left to right: Back Row: Catherine Speltz, Nick Olvera, Elise Mertens, Elliot Baggett, Tracie Petitti, Luke Esser, Jasmine Pujol Front Row: Ana Alicia Lopez, Josh Madruga (leader), Mary Hoisington (leader), Jonathan DeThomas

autumn route: Sept 26-Oct 30: Toledo, OH Oct 30-Nov 1: Columbus, OH Nov 3-23: Crookston, MN Nov 23-26: Faribault, MN Nov 26-Dec 15: Grand Rapids, MI

team two


pictured left to right: Back Row: Iris Erroa, Michael Alfaro, Whitney Compton, Zach Palacios, Meg Weston, Johnny Hernandez, Cassandra Gavazzi Front Row: John Mark Kaldahl, Katie Steffanic (leader), Dan Waruszewski (leader), Brittany Kent

autumn route: Sept 25-Oct 7: Superior, WI Oct 7-21: Rockford, IL Oct 21-Nov 4: New Ulm, MN Nov 4-23: Bismarck, ND Nov 23-Dec 16: St. Cloud, MN

team three

pictured left to right: Back Row: Laura Holupchinski, Nick Welter, Jasmine Pasimio, Chris Warren, Annie Hinnenkamp, Taylor Piotrzkowski, Connie Flores Front Row: Shehan Perera, Pamela Strobel (leader), John Holdvogt (leader), Emily LaPointe

autumn route: Sept 26-Oct 5: Gaylord, MI Oct 6-22: Wheeling-Charleston, WV Oct 22-26: Charlotte, NC Oct 26-Nov 16: Richmond, VA Nov 17-19: Indianapolis, IN Nov 19-23: Lafayette, IN Nov 28-Dec 7: Greensburg, PA Dec 7-10: TBA Dec 10-15: Detroit, MI


team four

pictured left to right: Back Row: Sarah Finnegan, Daniel Gladitsch, Ruthie Kostohris, Kieran Driver, Anna Chappuis, Gavin Bozza, Alonna Mertz Front Row: Kendra Joy Dutkowsky, Chris Smith (leader), Jacky Rebeiro (leader), Bobby Moren

autumn route:

team five

Sept 26-Oct 5: Rapid City, SD Oct 6-19: Salina, KS Oct 20-Nov 4: Lubbock, TX Nov 5-16: Baton Rouge, LA Nov 16-19: New Orleans, LA Nov 19-Dec 2: Ponchatoula, LA Dec 2-7: Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO Dec 7-10: TBA Dec 10-14: Lexington, KY

pictured left to right: Back Row: Cristina Martinez, Mikel Fischer, Loretta Hall, Jeff Eisenbath, Nicole Gonzalez, Adam Martinez, Lisette Matos Front Row: Naomi Gonzalez, Steve Powers (leader), Amy Eschelbach (leader), Jimmy Morgan

autumn route: Sept 26-Oct 1: Belleville, IL Oct 1-Nov 4: Joliet, IL Nov 4-26: Peoria, IL Nov 26-Dec 16: Davenport, IA

team six


support net $1,600 sponsors an entire NET team for one week $1,000 provides training for one team member $500 sponsors a day-long retreat for 60 youth* *funds required in addition to retreat fees


ministries $250 covers a team’s travel costs for two weeks $150 supports a NET team member for one week $50 allows 5 youth to participate in a Lifeline event



pictured left to right: Back Row: Elizabeth Ramon, Rob Batch, Jenny Rohde, John DeLozier, Abbie Anderson, Alan Kremer, Angela Scotti Front Row: Drew McDaniels, Stacy Butler (leader), Joseph Moreno (leader), Caitlyn Maksymiak

autumn route: Sep 25-Oct 7: Fargo, ND Oct 7-19: Duluth, MN Oct 19-Nov 9: La Crosse, WI Nov 9-24: Winona, MN Nov 24-29: St. Michael, MN Nov 29-Dec 2: Sioux Falls, SD Dec 3-13: Gary, IN Dec 14-16: Sioux Falls, SD

team seven

pictured left to right: Back Row: Matthew Cantrell, Elvina Flores, Cameron O’Hearn, Tiffany Wend, Nic Gutierrez, Kristen Miranda, Ethan Kaste Front Row: Colleen Vaughn, Dan Driver (leader), A.R. Yakkel (leader), Joey Estrada

autumn route: Sept 25-Dec 16: Hastings, MN

team eight seas parish team


pictured left to right: Back Row: Gabe Milano, Melissa Katella, Brandon Tait, Katy Blythe, Kyle Schanzenbach, Rose Kemper, Mark McCormack, Jade Uebelhor Front Row: Eryk Sanchez, Natalie Vida, Nick Redd (leader), Maggie Renfro (leader), Tim Wigton, Amanda Obranovich

autumn route: Sept 25-Dec 16: St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN

team nine home team

pictured left to right: Back Row: Nicholas Scanlan, Heather Esker, Travis Morrison, Charlotte Michels Front Row: Renee Trznadel, Mike Faix (leader), Jenna Zins (leader), Dalton Gonzalez

autumn route: Sept 25-Dec 16: Lakeville, MN

team ten lakeville parish team



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2010 commissioning mass On September 24th, 2010, Bishop PichĂŠ of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis individually blessed and commissioned each of the 20102011 NET team members to go and proclaim the Gospel to young people across the United States.

alumni update conquering

d e at h Recently, the NET community experienced the death of two alumni: Dennis Pipp (NET ‘92-’93) and Jonathan Sanchez (NET ‘06-’07). Dennis passed away after a long illness at the age of 36; Jonathan was killed in a car accident at 23. Mourning the loss of these men, and having also attended two other funerals for close family friends in the past month, my thoughts have been revolving around death. Particularly, those thoughts have rested around the comforting of those left behind and asking the question: Where does one turn to find relief in times of trial, adversity, and death? One place of refuge for me has always been the scriptures, particularly the psalms. Certainly, words from the Lord which mention His great love, mercy, and hope often come to mind in times of adversity, such as NET’s theme verse for this year: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4). Yet there are moments when scriptures such as this do absolutely nothing for me. I am left feeling hollow, alone, uncomforted - even angry - and I start to feel guilty about it. I think that sometimes we, as Christians, get deluded into believing that we have to have it all together; that somehow, because we know Christ and His love, and because He has forgiven us, it is not permissible for us to feel or experience anything but boundless joy. Even when someone close to us dies, we are supposed to cling to hope and somehow look at the bright side.

However, in my experience, I am often more drawn to something like the following scripture: “But I am a worm, and no man,” (Psalm 22:6 (7)); or this one: “Therefore my spirit fails; my heart is numb within me,” (Psalm 143:4). I imagine some of you can readily relate, and some of you, perhaps, think I need to get some help...and quickly. Who among us has not had a day where we felt like “the enemy pursues my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground,” (Psalm 143:3). Has there never been a moment when you felt like crying out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why so far from my call for help, from my cries of anguish? My God, I call by day, but you do not answer; by night, but I have no relief,” (Psalm 22:2-3). How often have I stared at myself in the mirror of truth and said, “For I know my offense; my sin is always before me. Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight,” (Psalm 51:5-6). Because these psalms acknowledge my human experience, I can relate to them. These and other similar scriptures validate my humanity. God does not stand aloof beyond the gates of holiness and wait to meet us once we have “achieved” worthiness. Rather, He comes to us in the depths of our depravity and draws us out of ourselves into something greater. These psalms bring comfort because they express to a poetic degree sentiments that I almost feel ashamed to be thinking. Yet, in God’s very acknowledgment of my heart as it is, He raises what seems ugly and undesirable to a level of dignity and respect. Before we can move on to be a “redeemed” person, we have to

acknowledge that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin,” (Hebrews 4:15). In fact, the Lord not only allowed David to write the psalms and everything contained in them, He actually inspired David to do so! Jesus himself quoted Psalm 22 as he hung lovingly, yet agonizingly, on the cross. Again, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). The next time adversity stares us in the face, the next time sin knocks at the door of our heart, the next time an untimely illness or death threatens to dislodge our faith, let us have the courage to acknowledge our weak but very real and dignified - humanity, and pray to join our suffering with that of our mighty Savior, who in His own weakness, not only resisted sin, but conquered death. Christopher Kraker Associate Director/Program Director NET Ministries

P.S. DON’T MISS ALUMNI WEEK! Join us January 4-9, 2011 at the NET Center in West St. Paul. For more details, contact Steve Villa at or 651.450.6833.

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alumni update

deaths DENNIS PIPP (92-93) passed away on September 8, 2010 at the age of 36.


JAIME GARCIA (00-01) was married to HOLLY (PAYNE) GARCIA (03-04) on February 13, 2010 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Chino Hills, California.

ALISON (KAY) DUFFY (Staff 2010Present) was married to Eric Duffy on August 7, 2010 at St. Victoria’s Catholic Church in Victoria, Minnesota.

JONATHAN SANCHEZ (06-07) passed away on September 24, 2010 at the age of 23 in Turlock, California.

new jobs

religious life

JOE CORDELLA (04-05) is starting his second year as Director of Campus Ministry at Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Maryland. MICHAEL HERNANDEZ (09-10) recently became the youth minister at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in El Paso, Texas.

births CORINNE (MAH) REINHARDT (03-04, Staff 04-09) and Nate Reinhardt were wed on July 9, 2010 at Holy Name of Jesus in Medina, Minnesota.

FR. JASON CARGO (98-99), a priest for the Diocese of Dallas, Texas, recently served as a deacon for Pope Benedict XVI. TAWNYA ARSENAULT (91-92), was recently Consecrated with the Regnum Christi Movement. She is now serving in Chile.

LISA (STINSMAN) OSBORN (05-06) welcomed a baby boy on January 24, 2010, named Charles Jacob Osborn. ANNE (HARIG) SAYRE (96-97) was married to Joseph Sayre on May 15, 2009 at St. Gerald’s in Farmington, Michigan. Front row: Angie (Burdick) Dressander (96-97), Polly (Papranec) Janisch (9697), Rebecca (Jones) Breaux (96-97), Ginny (Harig) Campbell (04-05). Back row: Annette Kozlowski (98-99), Luis Machado (96-97), Tim Ryan (96-97), Anne and Joseph Sayre, Ashley Breaux (96-97), Denise Sanders (96-97, 97-98).

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SR. JOHN MARY (TERESA) READ, C.P. (91-92, 92-93), second from left, was a guest on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” last fall.

MARIE (GRIFFITHS) BRENNEN (04-05) gave birth to her first child, Tristan Daniel Brennen, on April 3, 2010.

FR. KEITH KITZHABER (97-98), FR. JONATHAN MCELHONE (97-99), and FR. EMMANUEL MARY (BARRY) MANSFORD, CFR (95-96, Staff 96-98) were recently ordained. Have something you’d like to share? Submit your news to

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