Many young people lose their faith by the time they leave high school. We send teams of young adults to share their faith in schools and churches so youth are transformed and re-engaged in their Catholic faith.

Mission statement

To challenge young catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church

It is accomplished 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 our faith

Equipping youth workers and young adults with the ministry skills needed for evangelization



Anthony Beltrame

Team Supervisor


Christina Dunn

Media Assistant


Elizabeth Giguère

Finance Officer


Emma O’Reilly

Media Assistant


Fernanda Cano

Team Coordinator


Garth Pereira

Program Director

Support a Staff Member

Board of Directors

Archbishop Marcel Damphousse

Chairman; Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall

Bishop Christian Riesbeck

Director, Bishop of Saint John

Bonnie Annicchiarico


James Mikulasik


Jim Meuse

Vice-Chair, Finance Committee

JoAnne Christie


Lisa Polk

Director, Finance Committee


NET’s mission is made possible by the many people who give of their time, their talents, their treasures and their hearts. Anyone who helps out by donating, volunteering or hosting our missionaries is a co-missionary.

Interested in becoming a co-missionary? Here are some ways you can help!


Host Missionaries

Provide NET Missionaries with meals and a place to sleep while they are in your town



Give financially to support the work of NET Missionaries sharing the Gospel with young people across Canada.



Lend your time and talent to fill the many support roles that make NET’s mission possible.

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NET (National Evangelization Teams) Ministries officially began in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1982. After a team of young adults spent a few weeks conducting retreats in local high schools, high demand for these retreats developed and NET Ministries was born. In 1994, James Mikulasik and Tiffany Scott, two Canadians who were missionaries in Minnesota, responded to an invitation from Archbishop Emeritus Marcel Gervais, to come to Ottawa and NET Canada was born.

NET Canada began as one travelling retreat team, but quickly expanded with the addition of more teams. Soon, parishes began requesting more follow-up to NET retreats and parish ministry teams were born. Over the years, NET Canada has sent teams to Ireland and multiple french communities in Canada, as well to northern Indigenous communities in the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith and the Archdiocese of Keewatin-La Pas. NET has also expanded with the addition of a western office in Vancouver, BC.

Since the founding of NET Canada, over 700 young adults have served as NET missionaries and over 300,000 young people have heard the Gospel through an encounter with a NET team. Young people’s lives are being transformed through an encounter with Jesus Christ, and we hope to continue bringing hope and re-engaging youth in their Catholic faith for years to come!