Interns

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 Leah M

Hello everyone! My name is Leah Morris and I'm from Vancouver, B.C. but for the last two years I have been living in Ireland serving with NET Ireland in Co. Waterford and Co. Meath. After serving the youth of Ireland, I have come to have a great appreciation for the necessity of the work that NET does not only for the communities that it serves but for those serving on NET as well. I joined mission staff this year to continue this work in my own country and support the enriching of the young church where I live. Some of my favourite things include music, travelling, sushi, reading, tea & coffee, cooking, dancing in the rain, brunch, and ocean breezes. One day I would like to have written a book, have visited every continent, speak three languages fluently, and live by the sea.

 

 Jacob R

Hi everyone! My name is Jacob Runstedler and I grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ontario, just outside of Listowel. I am part of 3% of people in the world that have a ‘womb-mate’, (I’m a twin). For most of my life, I’ve worked on my dad’s farm with his farm equipment business. I also have my diploma in Protection, Security, and Investigations.

Some of things I really enjoy include: The Toronto Maple Leafs, playing sports; especially soccer and hockey, working-out, chess, cribbage, and many other board games, fishing, trivia games, obstacle courses, geography, PEI, coffee, and country music.

Last year, I served as a missionary for NET Canada on a parish team in Summerside, PEI. It took me a couple of years to respond to God’s call for me to serve Him by joining NET, but I didn’t see myself doing more than one year of ministry with NET. However, halfway throughout the year I felt called to discern a position on staff. I absolutely love what NET stands for, and I’m grateful for the positive impact it has had on my life. I’m really excited to be able to share that with others.

 

 Elton

My name is Elton Jarvis. Thank you so much for visiting my partnership page! All of us here on NET wouldn’t be able to do this work without your help! Some hobbies that I like to do are playing basketball (or any sport), playing trading card games, video games, and reading books. I am 21 years young and I’m about to begin my mission staff year with NET Canada! Previously I did my first and second years with NET Canada, my first year was on a travelling team and my second was on a local parish team in Summerside PEI! In both of my years I had the privilege to experience the love of God and seeing them commit themselves to him. I got to experience the hospitality of host families that would welcome us with open arms. I got to experience love and fellowship from my teammates and I deepened my own personal relationship with God as well. I’m doing a year of mission staff as a team supervisor because I felt God was calling me to do this for me to get out of my comfort zone, to grow and to also help play a role in the mission of evangelization! I’m more than excited to start this new year and I can’t wait to see what God is going to do next!

 

 Fernanda

Hello, there! My name is Fernanda Cano. I am 21 years old, originally from Mexico but moved to Bridgewater, N.S. about 9 years ago. My family and I now call it home!  I really enjoy living by the ocean, swimming in it (even in winter time!) I enjoy going for runs on the wood trails (watch out for ticks!) and diving into a book once in a while.

First of all I want to say what a blessing it is for you to consider partnering up with me! I served with NET Canada as part of a National Team, traveling across communities, setting up retreats for the youth, inviting them to a relationship with Jesus and being a personal witness for them as a young Catholic adult.  All of this would have not been possible without the constant support of co-missionaries, like you! It is the generosity and determination of each one of us that makes a difference in the mission to evangelize the youth of Canada, in order to bring them closer to a personal relationship Jesus Christ!

Secondly, I am a witness and fruit of NET’s mission, the outcome of a NET family retreat that stirred my soul with the love of God, and has been put into action! Serving with NET Canada last year, I can say that experience has deepened my heart for mission and increased my desire to reach out to the youth.

Lastly but most importantly I ask for your prayers, it is through prayer that we find strength and growth! If you could keep me and all others missionaries in your prayers as we continue to spread the Good News, that would be a huge support! Please consider joining NET in the mission of challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church.

Thank you and God bless, Fernanda Cano

 

 Teresa

Hello! My name is Teresa. I am 23 years old from Toronto, Ontario. I studied at Ryerson University and have a degree in Child and Youth Care. I served my first year with NET Canada in 2016-17 and have just completed my second year serving with NET USA. 

God is so good! It has been such a blessing to have served on the front lines as a missionary for two years! I have been able to witness how powerful NET can be in two different countries! I have been able to put on 109 retreats both my first and second year on the road! What are the odds that I would put on the same amount of retreats two years in a row with two different teams! It has been such a gift seeing how the Lord could use me as an instrument to spread His love and truth to His children. I am so excited to continue serving with NET but in a different capacity as mission staff. As mission staff I will be working out of the NET office in Ottawa doing more of the behind the scene work that allows NET to function. Without the hard work of the staff and mission staff at the office, it would be impossible for the NET Team Members to reach the thousands of young people across the nation. 

I would like to invite you into the mission with me! Please consider being a partner with me and the mission of NET to challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the church! God bless, and know that you are in my prayers.

 

 Christianne

Hello! I'm Christianne, and I'm 20 years old, the eldest of five, the daughter of two NET USA alumni, and I lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, my whole life until last year.  

I have my ARCT diploma in Piano Performance and taught piano for two years after graduating. I enjoy gardening, landscape design, drinking tea, cooking, creating my own recipes, volleyball, working out, running, hiking, and dogs. 

Last year, I served with NET as a missionary on one of the two National teams. Our team travelled from Kamloops, BC, all the way to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and put on over one hundred retreats for the youth of Canada. 

I felt God calling me to do mission staff with NET after our team visited St Joseph's Oratory in Montréal, QB. While visiting the tomb of St André Bessette, I asked for his intercession to help me with discernment. Then later that day, during prayer, God clearly, yet gently showed me that He wanted me to do mission staff. 

I'm excited to be serving with NET ministries again, but I cannot do it alone. I would be thrilled if you would consider supporting me either financially or spirituality in my mission. Thank you and God Bless!

 

 

Jacob B

Hello! I'm so excited to be starting my second year of mission with NET! I'm Jacob Brown from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going on hikes, and football. One thing that motivated me to do a second year of NET was all the growth I received during my first year. I established a prayer life, grew in many virtues, and learned what it really means to put God and others before myself. I've seen all the growth that many missionaries have gone through during a second year of ministry and I desire to have that is my own life as well. . I feel so blessed to be able to serve a second year with NET and can’t wait to see what God has in store. God bless!
 

 Josh

Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to consider supporting me and the thousands of young people who are affected by NET Canada. In fact, I am one of those young people whose life was changed by encountering Christ in NET Missionaries. I grew up in a small farm town called Bradford, just forty-five minutes north of Toronto. In Grade 7, a group of NET Missionaries stayed at my parish for a year and showed me what it meant to live a dynamic, joy-filled, and Catholic life. I had a genuine encounter with Christ and that is what you're supporting when you support me.

I enjoy singing, watching movies, and spending time with the people I love. An important trait that I have is that when I like something, I like it a lot. For example, I'm a huge Star Wars fan which has led to my vast collection of Star Wars memorabilia. I also really enjoy a healthy dosage of sweet nectar brown(aka.coffee) every day which has resulted in my collection of mugs. Even through the extensive trials and tribulations of being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, my loyalty has been unwavering. Without a doubt, the best example of this trait is found in my faith.

Through my faith, I have come to believe that the underlying mission of my life is to love Christ and help others do the same. When I left high school, this mission was made manifest by my two years serving as a NET Missionary from 2012-2014. I spent the first year traveling "from sea to sea" (Psalm 72:8, Canada's motto) facilitating retreats, and the second year building up youth ministry at St. Thomas More Parish in Edmonton. Since then, I've worked as a prep cook, a mechanic, a carpentry labourer, a masonry labourer, a camp coordinator, and a line assembler. I even spent two year discerning the priesthood with the Companions of the Cross! Now, the Lord is calling me back to where it all started.

This year, I have the honour to serve as a NET Mission Staff member. I will be a Team Supervisor, working directly with the NET Missionaries. To do this, I need your help.

When you boil it down, NET Canada is fueled by one main thing: Charity. First, we need spiritual charity. The prayers of all of our staff members, missionaries, and supporters keep us protected, focused, and attentive to God's will for the ministry. We also need monetary charity. As we respond to Christ's invitation to "make disciples of all nations"(Matthew 28:19), we need people like you to help us keep our bellies, gas tanks, and church pews full.

Are you able to support me with a monthly donation? When I left NET, I wanted so badly to still be connected with the mission and hear about what NET was doing. By donating to my friend who was serving with NET that year, I was able to do that! I was filled with hope every time I heard about the good things he was doing. With a donation of $40 or more, you'll receive a quarterly newsletter along with personal updates from me letting you know how lives are being changed because of your donation. Every little bit counts!

If you don't find yourself in a place where you can make a monetary donation, you can always give some spiritual donation! Pray for me and know that I'm praying for you. If you have any special intentions, feel free to e-mail me at !

In Christ through Mary, Joshua Bruce

 

 Presley

Hi everyone! I’m from a town an hour south of Edmonton in Alberta called Wetaskiwin. When I graduated high school I joined NET and that is what I’ve been doing these past 2 years. Both years I have served on the National 2 Team travelling across Canada. Some of my favourite things are: dogs, long walks, thunderstorms and rain, butterflies and receiving Jesus at mass in the Eucharist! I joined mission staff this year because God is calling me back to continue serving in the mission but not as a travelling missionary anymore. I’m so excited to be doing God’s will by working at the office and encouraging youth to encounter Christ from behind the scenes!