A Catholic Spirit Special Section
Celebrate 30 years of NET Ministries
What: Mass with Archbishop John Nienstedt
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12
Where: Church of St. Joseph, 1154 Seminole Ave., West St. Paul
Presentation with speakers and video will follow Mass at 11 a.m. with a cake reception to begin at noon.
No RSVP necessary.
Peer-to-peer ministry is key, archbishop says
Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis says one of the keys to NET Ministries’ success is young people ministering to other young people.
“That was what impressed me the first time I witnessed a confirmation retreat when I was bishop of New Ulm down at the Church of St. Peter in St. Peter,” he said.
“I was very impressed with the skits they did,” he said. “They really attracted these young people and got them engaged and, at the same time, were giving them solid catechesis.
“That’s the genius of the program and why I’m so much in favor of it, so much a supporter of it. They just do excellent work.”
— The Catholic Spirit
Three alumni to be honored May 12
Three former NET retreat team members will be honored during the 30th anniversary gathering at St. Joseph in West St. Paul: Gordy DeMarais, founder of St. Paul’s Outreach; John Beaulieu, youth and young adult outreach director at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio; and Sister Consolata, vocations director for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr George.