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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. Find out more about our campuses.


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

Rise Up

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).

Student Testimony

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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  • Bowling Bumpers and Beatitude


    There’s something hilarious about watching young kids and pre-teens bowl. The funky shoes go on, the digital screens display their nicknames, and the bumpers come up. On a muggy spring night I watched a group of fifty kids (including 3 of mine), ranging from 7 – 15 years old, hurling the balls at a group of unsuspecting pins. One child waddled up to the foul line (which inevitably gets turned off by the attendant five minutes in due to all the noise) and gently pushed the ball down the alleyway. It took about two minutes to go the length of the floor, and awkwardly pushed one of the pins over....

  • Wherever the Catholic Sun Doth Shine


    “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


    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...

Missionary Highlight

Missionary Highlight


Eric Myatt

The best part of working with CCO is seeing people come to know Jesus and what He has done for them. The second best part is seeing the excitement and joy of someone who has experienced the power of sharing...


Lorne Stang

The highlight of being a CCO missionary is seeing students lives changed by coming into relationship with Christ. One particular student was quite far from his faith when I first met him. Through his involvement in the Discovery faith study,...


Eloisa Greenwald

The highlights of being a missionary are endless. Two of my favourite things that happen is when a girl comes to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, and when students realize their leadership potential, becoming multiplying missionaries. One...

Articles from CCO's, Grapevine Newsletter

Year of Mercy Surpasses Great Expectations

Could we have ever dreamed of living the Year of Mercy the way we did? No, not specifically. But we absolutely trusted it would be a year of great magnitude. As always, God moved. We are so grateful for our Holy Father’s invitation to encounter mercy, and so grateful to God for all the ways he moved.

I am CCO

It is in these somewhat hilarious exchanges involving a litany of people from all over Canada that I am often asked: “Are you CCO?” The phrasing makes it sound like they’re asking if I am the movement incarnate.

Mission Embodies CCO Core Values

Our Mission to the International Center of Evangelization (ICE) was unique from the start. We had already long planned and announced Summer 2016 missions when ICE invited us to Poland. So, with fewer than six months before World Youth Day, we committed to sending a team.

Rise Up Montreal: Made for Greatness

The ballroom was on fire. More than 700 young adults had just encountered God’s love language of mercy. Joy radiated from the soles of their dancing feet to the tips of their fingers stretched toward heaven. Priests worked overtime that night, hearing confessionafter confession from hearts ready to say “no” to the lies of the world and “yes” to the promises of Christ.

Q&A with Tanya Rodgerson and Mark Suezo

To Tanya - Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up? A: A Fashion designer. Because I like clothes. To Mark - Q: What’s a book that changed your life? A: The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence and Strength and Simplicity by Kevin Calica.