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

Winter 2011


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the weekend. He expressed the importance of the Renewal keeping alive the great treasure of baptism in the Spirit.

throughout the weekend as well. Representatives from both NET Ministries and St. Paul’s Outreach Within a grand ballroom packed to coordinated this vibrant track. The the brim in Saint Paul, Minnesota, young adults heard talks geared to it was hard to deny the presence of NET alumni Caroline Gambale- them on evangelization, purity, and the Holy Spirit during the National Dirkes (90-91) and Father Dave mission territory. Service Committee of the Catholic Pivonka (85-86) were among Charismatic Renewal’s Fall National the speakers for the conference. Leaders’ and Ministries’ Conference Other representatives from NET from October 29-31, 2010. The were invited to lead the crowd in theme of the conference was “Power praise and worship throughout from on high for all generations”. the weekend, and a few NET staff members were altar servers for Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Papal Father Cantalamessa. Preacher to both the late Pope Ryan Essington (08-09, Staff 09-Present), John Paul II and Pope Benedict Attendees between the ages of 18Fr. Cantalamessa, and Chad Vanhoose XVI, was the keynote speaker for 36 were offered a young adult track (05-06, Staff 06-Present)


NETWORKS Winter 2011

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

from t h e

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.


The NET teams are back on the road after their Christmas break, eager to continue sharing their faith with young people. As they begin this second half, we would appreciate your help. Will you pray for our teams? Seriously, will you pray every day for the NET teams? Let me suggest three specific needs for which we would appreciate prayers: 1) Safety – The NET teams will drive tens of thousand of miles between now and May to bring the Gospel message to young people all across the country. Your prayers can help keep them safe. 2) Good Health – Traveling across the country, team members are exposed to all types of illness, not to mention the fatigue that can set in with too many late nights of ministry. When team members do get sick, they often find it difficult to get well, as they are always on the move. Of course, having sick team members means others on the team have to do double duty. Your prayers can help keep them healthy. 3) Spiritual Success – Conversion is a matter of the heart. The team members can do great ministry, but they can’t convert a heart. That is a work of grace in the heart of each young person the NET teams serve. The NET teams can help dispose youth to grace, but only God can work in their hearts. The history of salvation is filled with examples of people’s lives that were changed, in part, because someone was praying for them. Would you pray every day that Christ would be at work in the hearts of the young people we serve? Your prayers can help change a life. To those who have been praying for us, thank you. We know we are seeing God at work in the lives of many young people because someone is praying. To the rest of you, we would love your prayers – a few minutes of quiet or a few sets of formal prayers is all it takes. What is helpful is regular prayer every day for the NET teams. Will you join in our mission in this way? We appreciate your support. Yours in Christ,

Mark Berchem Founder and Executive Director NET MINISTRIES

alumni update alumni week 2011 62 alumni. 6 days. 3 decades of ministry. 1 heart.

In the bleak midwinter days of January in St. Paul, Minnesota, NET alumni were welcomed back for a week of prayer, Sacraments, fellowship and service. Most had served on the road in the past couple of years; a few were married with children; even two alumni priests attended. Indeed, one of the blessings of being an alumnus is the fabric of relationships that are woven from the simple act of serving at least one year on the road. There is a camaraderie formed among the men and women which is difficult for non-”Netters” to understand. Even though there are

particular relationships formed within a team, each NET alumnus feels at home among a group of Netters no matter what year they served. One of the priests commented on a “closeness” that he felt with some of the men that he had just met at Alumni Week -- and at least 15 years separated them from when each served on the road! This fabric of relationships, forged within one's team as the source of powerful transformation in an individual's life, continues to be, for alumni, a life-giving source of renewed commitment to discipleship. It is our

hope that alumni find that their desire for personal holiness and deeper conversion is possible only because they are in relationships in which

they know that they are loved for who they are! The schedule provided ample time for people to reconnect with friends or to get some much needed rest. Prayer meetings were held throughout the week. Men’s and Women’s Sessions challenged the alumni to grow in the understanding and lived-reality of the dignity in Christ. Daily Mass, confession, Adoration and pastoral counseling allowed the opportunity to wrestle with the interior condition of individual hearts. Simply said, the life - changing encounter with Jesus Christ that alumni experience on NET, especially during Fall Training, is renewed when the alumni return for Alumni Week. When all was said and done, there was a sadness to leave, but a joyful heart to return to that which God has called them. Who knows what God will provide for Alumni Week 2012? Will we see you there? Steve Villa Alumni Relations Coordinator NET Ministries


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



alumni update births

RISA (WITCZAK) STALBOERGER (9495, Staff 95-01) and her husband Brian joyfully welcomed their 4th child, Anela Michelle Stalboerger, on June 3rd, 2010.

STEVEN CALDERA (02-03, 04-06) and THERESA (HOISINGTON) CALDERA (01-02) had their second child, Steven James Caldera, on November 23, 2010. DAVID PUGLIA (03-04, 06-07) and LIZ (KRILE) PUGLIA (06-07) had their first child, Anthony Gaetano Puglia, on January 2, 2011.

KYLE KOWALCZYK (05-06, Staff 0610), BEN BUTLER (09-10), and JOHN BIELEJESKI (09-10) began seminary formation for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the fall of 2010. JOTHAM ALLWEIN (09-10) began seminary formation for the Diocese of Columbus in the fall of 2010. SEAN MACLENNAN (09-10) began seminary formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit in the fall of 2010.

religious life weddings AMANDA (BECKMAN) HENRITZE (0709) and Brian Henritze were married on July 16, 2010.

ANDREA (SEARS) ZUCCO (04-06, Staff 0608) and ERIC ZUCCO (04-05) had their first child, Michael Luis Zucco , in August 2010.

KAYLA (STALBOERGER) MEIER (0708, Staff 08-10) and David Meier were married on July 24, 2010.

ANNA (DOHERTY) SKILLMAN (05-06, Staff 06-08) and JOSEPH SKILLMAN (06-07, Staff 07-08) had their first child, Augustine (Gus) David Joseph Skillman, on October 14, 2010.

SR. CECILIA ROSE (JULIE) CARLETON (03-04, Staff 04-09) entered the novitiate with the Sisters of Life on July 23, 2010.

MICHAEL QUINN (05-06, Staff 07-09) and MEGAN (TERRY) QUINN (05-06) were married on August 7, 2010.

SR. JOAN MARIE (SUSANNE) HAMANT (98-99, Staff 05) professed first vows with the Sisters of Life on August 6, 2010.

CLAUDIA (MUNOZ) HNASKO (0708) and Chris Hnasko were married on November 6, 2010.

SR. VERONICA MARIE (KATIE) BUCKMASTER (02-04) professed first vows with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2010.

STEVEN RICHARDSON (08-09) and Chantal (Almirantearena) Richardson were married in November 2010. ANGELLE (CUPIT) FINDLEY (06-08) and Josh Findley were married on December 18, 2010. MATT VETTEL (05-06) and Anita (James) Vettel were married on December 31, 2010 at St. Peter’s in Greeley, Colorado.

SAMI (WYMA) CORDELLA (02-03, 04-05) and JOE CORDELLA (04-05) welcomed their second baby girl, Andalucia Mercy Cordella, on November 19, 2010.


JENICA THORNBY (06-07) (center) entered postulancy with the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ on Thanksgiving Day of 2010. ROSE PEARSON (05-06) entered postulancy with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in the fall of 2010.

ROB GOODSON (05-06) and CHRISTY (SOBOLESKI) GOODSON (05-06) were married in December 2010. NIKKI (REED) BENNETT (05-06) and Zach Bennett were married on January 1, 2011. DANIEL KUBACKI (07-08) and Sandy (Resner) Kubacki were married on January 8, 2011.

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The Lord does so many incredible works during the retreats! We were humbled and amazed during a weekend retreat in Indiana over the solemnity of Christ the King. The young people there were well-formed in the Faith and eager to dive deeper. We had the irreplaceable gift of spending over an hour in Adoration during the retreat, with many of the retreatants receiving the sacrament of confession. The next day, everyone on the retreat joined the parish for a Eucharistic procession through the streets of the town, literally walking, following Jesus, singing His praises and showing Him to the world. It was a profound experience for both our team and the young people on retreat, and all of this time spent with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament definitely bore fruit in the hearts of the young people. One young woman shared how her relationship with her mom was touched because of her retreat experience, and others were strengthened to share their faith with their friends who aren’t active in their faith.


The retreats we have been leading have been rewarding, with the youth coming with some doubts and hesitations, but leaving with a new hope in the love and mercy of Christ. This ministry is such a blessing, and we love this opportunity to spread the wonderful Good News of Christ and His love.


Retreats continue to amaze us. God is never outdone in generosity.


We have been attending Wednesday daily Mass ever since we arrived in Lakeville, and we have had the opportunity to meet some of the older parishioners of All Saints. We have become really good friends with the lovely “young at heart” women and eat breakfast with them every Wednesday. They are always interested in what we are up to; we truly enjoy hanging out with them. Another perk of being at All Saints is that we get to see the precious kindergartners during lunch - they are adorable! Every time we pass them by in the hallway they extend their hands so we can give them a “grand slam.” We are in love with the people from All Saints. Page 7 NETWORKS WINTER 2011

upcoming events MINNESOTA:

March 5: Lifeline Mass April 2: Lifeline Mass April 26: Annual Youth Benefit Banquet May 7: Lifeline Mass June 13-16: Discipleship Week, Duluth June 20-23: Discipleship Week, St. Paul

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June 27-30: Discipleship Week, Victoria


remodeling project

After only a few short months of construction, the day has arrived - the NET Center in West St. Paul officially has a new lobby and reception area, new restrooms, new carpeting, and a few changes to some of the offices. The restrooms are finished and open for use, the lobby set up, and the coffee pot ready to brew. We want to thank the construction workers for all of the hard work and many hours they put into making this project a reality. A big thanks also goes out to the members of the Board of Directors, who originated the idea of constructing an appealing lobby area for visitors. We appreciate the time you all dedicated to helping oversee the project. What a success it has become!

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