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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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  • Professional’s Career Changed by Heart

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    It began with a simple invitation. Hearing God’s call to become a CCO missionary started when a good friend invited me to a conference. She asked me to join her in Vancouver for Rise Up, CCO’s annual national conference. I had lived in Florida for over a decade, but I was born in BC and I welcomed the chance to spend five days with my friend and this group of young Catholics. On opening night, my friend introduced me to CCO’s director of Human Resources. He tossed a few questions my way. It soon became clear that my qualifications as a development (ie: fundraising) professional in higher education were a...

  • Everything Changed

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    by Taylor Hyatt Nearly five years ago, Erica Stevens began the Religious Studies and Sociology program at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Although she practiced her Catholic faith in high school, it remained an unimportant aspect of her life. Erica lived with what she now calls a ‘secular mindset’. She knew about Jesus in a general sense but it never went deeper than that.  She recalls, “I had faith but…I did my own thing and others did theirs.” When Erica moved to Halifax for university she needed to find a new group of friends. She drifted away from the Church in her search for community, became involved with the wrong...

  • Remember That Time I Played Bass For Matt Maher?

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    After George Worthen found out he’d be playing with Matt Maher at multiple venues for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, his head was spinning. “I was on a top bunk with only about 1.5 feet of headroom when I found out I’d be playing with Matt Maher, and I was so excited when I got his email that I jumped up and smoked my face on the roof,” he said. “It was pretty bad and I was sore for the rest of the day.” For the young Med student from Dal the pain of his face injury was quickly numbed by the realization that he would be...

Missionary Highlight

Missionary Highlight

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Elaine Boskill

At the end of Rise Up 2012 in Saskatoon, we were challenged to lead a Discovery Faith Study in the coming year. I have taken, but have never led a Discovery Faith Study. I realized I did not know anyone...

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Jeff Lockert

My role takes me to places beyond Canada as CCO has a number of partnerships with international organizations. I am always amazed to see how God is working the lives of people in a very powerful and yet similar way....

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Katie Nobauer

The highlight of my role is every year at Rise Up; watching students encounter Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration and restoring their relationship with God through the Sacrament of Confession. This part of our conference has a special place in my...

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...