South Peace News
A special leadership team is inspiring students in local Catholic schools.
A NET ministries team served in St. Andrew’s School from Nov. 21 to Dec. 8.
The National Evangelization Team [NET] organization mission is to challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the church.
Holy Family Catholic Separate School Division is hosting a NET team for the second school year.
“We serve students from Grades 6-12,” says Kieran Gillespie, one of two group leaders.
“Our goal is to provide youth with an encounter with God.”
Agatha Harrold is another group leader.
“We also build relationships with the students,” Harrold says.
Members are 18-19 years of age from various parts of Canada. The team is one of eight across the nation.
The NET team is based in Peace River and serves the school division’s six schools in Peace River, Grimshaw, High Prairie, Valleview, McLennan, and Manning.
Harrold says the team ministers in Glenmary School in Peace River two weeks each month.
“We visit the other schools three times a year for one or two weeks, depending on the number of students,” Harrold says.
Other team members include Rebecca Pruner, Sarah Irving, Emily Harper- McLaurin and Patrick Wasch.
Many youth are growing in their faith through the NET team.
“We have really good responses from students,” Gillespie says.
“Students tell us they pray more and desire a deeper relationship with God.”
NET team members themselves are also growing in the ministry.
“It’s taught me a lot about being in community and building authentic relationships with people,” Harrold says.
Gillespie is growing in many ways.
“Being on the NET team benefits my spiritual growth, my prayer life and walk with God,” Gillespie says.
“It’s amazing to do this work for God.”
Members of the NET group are blessing students and communities, says a news release from the school division in April after a NET team was given a farewell and the end of its first year.
They share the love of Christ in all schools and parishes across the division. Although they focused on HFCRD students from grades 6-12, their ministry reaches the entire faith community in each town.
The team leads retreats and youth groups, serves in music ministry at mass and interacts with students through classroom presentations.
School division administration says the team enhances the students.
“These fine young missionaries have proven themselves to be leaders in our schools and parish communities,” Supt. Betty Turpin says in a news release.
“They brighten everyone’s day and bring us all closer to Christ.
“Every school and parish that they have visited has welcomed them with open arms.
“Our division is blessed to have the NET team.”
The Catholic school division is in the final year of a two-year contract with and NET Canada.