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 NET Ministry Retreats

NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the church. Every August, 150 young Catholics aged 18-28 leave behind their jobs, school, family, and friends to devote nine months to serving with the National Evangelization Teams (NET). Divided into 14 teams, they travel across the U.S. for nine months to share the Gospel with young people and their families. Since 1981, NET teams have led over 29,000 retreats and ministered to more than 1.7 million young Catholics.

NET Ministries fulfills its mission by:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through a personal witness of faith
  • Inviting young people to live for Christ
  • Forming young people in Christian character through the study and practice of their faith
  • Equipping youth workers and young adults with the ministry skills needed for evangelization

Each year youth ministry groups across our diocese have the opportunity to experience a NET retreat at three locations. The two retreats for Fall 2017 are as follows:

Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville
“Fully Alive”
Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.  
Teens will attend 5:00 p.m. Mass 
6th-12th grade
Holy Cross Parish, Youngwood
“In His Image”
Sunday, October 1, 2017
 1:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Teens will attend 6:00 p.m. Mass 
 6th-12th grade
All parishes must register as a group and individuals must register with their local parish. There must be a student to adult ratio of 7:1. Permission forms are required and all chaperones must have all required PA clearances. 


Please contact your parish youth minister, or Christie Smith, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry, at 724-837-0901, for more information or additional questions.


If your parish/school would like to host a retreat in Fall 2017 or if you are interested in housing members of the NET team when they are in the diocese, please contact Christie Smith for more information.


One day retreats are $15 per person. All payments should be made payable to the parish sponsoring the retreat and sent directly to the retreat point of contact. 

 Permission Forms

Download permission forms for the upcoming NET Retreats in our diocese. If you have any questions, please contact Christie Smith at 724-837-0901.