NET Ministries has embarked on its 16th year of training for young adults in youth-to-youth Catholic ministry.
Forty young adults from New Zealand, Canada, the United States and around Australia took part in the five-week program last month.
Trainees dedicated time to prayer, team development and learning ministry skills to help them communicate their faith in Jesus Christ and how that faith impacted on their experience of everyday life.
Throughout the year small teams travel to schools and parishes across Australia and New Zealand to share stories of ‘good news’ with other young people.
Teri O’Quinn from Texas in the United States, one of a team of six that will serve the Archdiocese of Sydney, described the training experience as ‘invaluable’.
‘I came ready to give and I received. I came ready to serve, yet I was served,’ she said.
‘Time and time again we heard this quote from Mother Teresa, ‘you cannot give what you don’t have’, and in the insecurity we all feel at the beginning of any new adventure, I wondered if I had anything to give?
‘Sure I loved my Catholic faith and felt called to service in the Church, but what experience could I convey to others to make them want to change their lives and follow Christ?’
Teri said that was her first mistake.
‘Thinking that somehow I was personally responsible for the conversion experience of others and that I had to change the lives of everyone I met.
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