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!