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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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  • Wherever the Catholic Sun Doth Shine

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    “Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good…” coffee? (original quote is a poem by Hilaire Belloc) My husband and I were on vacation recently, visiting a small town on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. We grabbed a Tim Hortons and sat on a bench, enjoying our wares. After a couple of minutes, he turned to me and said, “You know, Tim Hortons reminds me a lot of the Catholic Church. No matter where I go, I know I can find a Tims and I know exactly how it will taste every time.” Putting aside very strong opinions about the quality of Tim Hortons’ coffee, I...

  • Fishing and Tradition

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    One of the great life skills handed down from generation to generation is fishing. That’s why early one Saturday morning in Spring, my sons and I sat perched in our 12-foot aluminum boat. We had our fishing rods in hand, hope in our hearts, and no clue what we were doing. Unfortunately, nobody passed the “fishing” skill on to me. I scramble to learn from friends and Youtube. But, nothing beats the practical wisdom and personal experience gleaned from family mentoring. Traditions like this are important to family life, and they offer an insight into the logic of traditions in the Catholic Church. Obviously, the fishing analogy isn’t perfect. While...

  • 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....

Missionary Highlight

Missionary Highlight

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John Hickey

My highlight of my career as a CCO missionary was leading the Impact 2012 mission in Halifax. Through that mission, the Lord brought me into a new confidence in Him that I've never experienced before. I also was blown away...

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Jarren Bato

For me, it's all about being a witness. Especially when what I witness is God transforming others, and others responding to His call with zeal! I can think of dozens of glory stories! If you send me your email, I...

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Mariana Rengifo

Although I have not been a full-time missionary yet, I have had some amazing experiences as a student missionary. One of my most cherished moments would have to be one of the first times I was leading the CCO Discovery...

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...