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“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19-20
The need for hope, faith and love in our society is large, especially among youth. It’s easy to be discouraged. But don’t! Thankfully, we can all be encouraged by the response of ordinary Canadians who won’t accept sitting idly by. Because of this – the prayers and financial contributions of thousands – NET Canada continues the work of evangelizing our culture, day in and day out.
We are happy to announce the opening of two new mission offices in Western Canada and Quebec. It’s a true blessing and joy to know that even amidst growing secularism, Canadians are showing an endless longing for the message of hope and mercy of Jesus Christ.
On the one hand, the reflection on “jumping” into these new waters was a complex one. The decision, on the other hand, was easy. We felt comfortable because we had listened to many of you – our stakeholders. The feedback from our consultations and casual focus groups was unanimous: even though our missionaries already travelled a great distance to spread the Good News, local offices – spread out across provinces – would allow us to better serve the spiritual needs of Canadian youth. Shortly after gathering this feedback, the establishment of new offices became a key part of NET’s 5-year Strategic Plan.
The need was so apparent that we decided to pursue the idea of new offices less than a year into the new Plan. Our Western Canada office, located in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, will be staffed by four employees including Executive Director, Joe Vogel, who is bringing along his wife, Laura, and their eight children. The Quebec office, operating in the Archdiocese of Montreal, will be run by two staff members of the NET Canada family.
Through the great support of Archbishop Miller in Vancouver and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd of Montreal, we are looking forward to spreading our wings both east and west across this great country.
Thank you for joining us on this important journey. Though we are expanding our mission and venturing to new places, we still need your help and ongoing support to get there. Please continue to pray for this missionary work and period of transition and learning.
To stay connected and support the work of NET Canada, visit our website at www.netcanada.ca or follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/NETCanada, www.instagram.com/NETCanada and www.twitter.com/NETCanada.