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Mission Statement

Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) is a university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge students to live in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world. CCO was founded by André and Angèle Regnier in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan. From the humble beginnings of a handful of students, the movement now serves thousands of students across Canada.

Currently, CCO missionary teams are present on 12 university campuses across Canada. Teams of full-time missionaries lead on-campus outreach. Students are invited into deeper conversion that is rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our campus missionaries are committed to discipleship, leading students to grow in holiness and to engage in mission. We believe that every student involved in CCO can be a leader. We challenge them to take missionary initiative.

CCO produces materials which can equip anybody in evangelization. The Ultimate Relationship booklet provides a tool to share the Gospel message. It has been printed in nine languages and over 20,000 have been distributed in the past year. The CCO Faith Study series simply and clearly explains the truths of the faith. They practically outline important principles for Catholic living. Each lesson integrates Scripture and Church teachings in small group discussions. There are five levels of studies: Discovery, Source, Growth, Obedience and Commission. For more info

Nationally, CCO hosts Rise Up, an annual conference for young adults, gathering hundreds of young adults in a different Canadian city each year. Rise Up is more than a conference. It exists to motivate and inspire leaders for the renewal of the world. For more info or to register for the conference

CCO leads a variety of missions, both domestic and international, where students are able to put their evangelization and leadership skills into practice. For more info or to apply for a mission

Behind every CCO missionary is a team of supporters. The generosity of these individuals makes this all possible. Each supporter is an integral part of the CCO mission. The pillars of support are: finance, prayer, and promotion (word-of-mouth).

My turning point was when I began going to a CCO faith study. The people I met through CCO were loving, caring, and happy, and I saw that they were that way because of prayer, scripture, and having Christ at the centre of their lives. Through experiencing people my age practicing their faith in an authentic way, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. Suzanne, CCO Student

“After an unhealthy two and half year relationship in high school I felt empty, yet I didn’t miss the relationship. At a CCO event, in front of the Blessed Sacrament I realised that I was missing God’s love. I went to Confession for the first time in 4 years. Now I want to use his love to reach others, just like people in CCO reached out to me.” Erin, CCO Student

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  • Childlike on Sundays

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    My almost-two-year-old loves Sunday Mass at our parish. He knows that in the gym, next to the main building, awaits his utopia of tricycles and other toys. As soon as we settle ourselves in the pew on Sunday, he is already making his way over. Unfortunately, that means either my husband or I are watching him in the gym, missing most parts of Mass. Often we leave church on Sundays wondering why we even bothered going in the first place. You might not have an energetic toddler to chase after, but if you are anything like me, you might also need a reminder why you go to church on Sundays....

  • St. Ignatius of Loyola

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    Not many people have interesting stories that include cannonballs. They usually spell disaster, as cannonball wounds are hard to recover from. However, getting struck by one was the event that God used to wrench St. Ignatius of Loyola out of a grand military career, and to call him into His holy service. CCO, and especially our founders, have a great love for St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits he founded, and their zeal for proclaiming the Gospel. On a recent visit to the Church of Sant’Ignazio in Rome with her family, Angèle Regnier (Co-founder) was impressed by the ceiling frescoes depicting Ignatius’ heart going out to the four corners of the earth. With...

  • Pokémon Go and Church?

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    We live across the street from an Anglican church. Over the last week, I’ve noticed that it has become a gathering ground for groups of people, particularly young people. They didn’t seem to be going into the church, just simply congregating outside. I was really curious, and asked my husband Josh if he knew what was going on. “Oh,” he said, “I think that church is a Poké Gym.” At the time, I had no idea what he was talking about. Chances are that you’ve probably heard about Pokémon Go, a new gaming app, which has become so popular over the last two weeks it is now more popular than...

Missionary Highlight

Missionary Highlight

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Alana Beharry

This past year, a professor asked my classmates and I to think about our answer to the question "What is your dream job?" I was thrilled in that moment to realize that I get to do my dream job, be...

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Adriana Viale

Even though I haven't officially started my work for CCO, having been involved with CCO for the last couple of years has definitely changed the way I see my faith. A highlight would have to be bringing the Discovery faith...

Articles from CCO's, Grapevine Newsletter

CCO offers itself as gift to the Church

We have always seen our organization as a gift to help the wider Church. The intention behind our vision, methods and materials has always been to benefit the whole Church, and that intention motivates us to attend events such as Eucharistic Congresses or World Youth Days. This is also why we have translated our ministry materials into 11 languages.

Living and sharing our faith

I fell in love with my husband over a cup of hot chocolate. Ten years ago, we were on a ferry to P.E.I. As members of CCO’s mission to World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, we were going to a team-building session. I hadn’t known Ben for long when he bought me a hot chocolate...”

Going anywhere, from coast to coast

One of CCO’s campus missionaries told me his secret to getting up each morning to pray. He would awaken to his alarm and an all-too-familiar desire to hit the snooze button and roll over. But, instead of that, he trained himself to say, “I will go anywhere you want me to go.”

Local faithful join CCO in evangelization

Discovery changed my whole life. What I have found in Discovery is the mercy of God and who God truly is. I learned God wasn’t interested in my past, but rather in the person I can become. And through the mercy of God, I have learned to grow in my faith.

CCO gives free Bibles to thousands of students

In the spring of 2014, CCO partnered with the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) to bring the Gospel to students across Canada in a very tangible way—by giving away 2,000 bibles...