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  • A New Awakening

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    By: Jonathan Hilsden. From my early childhood I knew that God loved me, and that He sent his Son Jesus to die for my sins. This was the formation I received as an Evangelical Missionary’s son. I can seldom remember a time that I doubted His love for me until I reached high school. When I was about seventeen years old, things started to change. I began my ongoing battle with depression. Such a battle can often lead one’s emotions into a dark hole and it is very difficult to view truth and to manage emotions with  objectivity. I began to doubt God’s love and often entered into a mindset of...

  • Opening Up

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    By: Amanda Walsh. Today I look at my faith journey, shake my head, and smile in amazement. It is amazing to see how God’s plan was to lead me towards CCO as a career. It is no exaggeration to say that Jesus was my best friend growing up, the one I trusted completely. What’s not to love about perfection Himself? But for me, loving His people was a different story. As a child I had an experience with bullying. I also picked up the message, “the more people you have in your life, the more problems you have.”  I struggled to trust people who didn’t love Christ because I feared...

  • The Unusual Plan

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    By: Cameron Beare. Growing up, I always expected my life to look like that of my parents and role models; attain a university education, get a job, get married, and have kids- the usual. However, my conversion brought God into the picture and turned everything on its head. In the spring of 2012, I found myself at a Sunday evening mass in London, Ontario. I remember it very clearly: I sat at the back of the church while the priest prepared for the consecration. It was here that God challenged me. “I could be calling you to do anything – anything… even this.”  “Even this!?” I thought. I knew He...

Missionary Highlight

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Kristin Konieczny

I have witnessed God change hearts; it is such a joy to be a part of a young person's life as they make significant choices for God in faith; all of which would be a highlight for me in unique...

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Dan Freeman

I have seen many lives transformed in my time with CCO, but the most profound change happened to a young man named Steve (made up name). He was, as he described himself, "a militant and belligerent atheist," seeking to undermine...

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Michael Trolly

What I'm most excited to share with people about CCO is what I've witnessed in the lives of students attending CCO events, such as The Summit or our Rise Up conference. What struck me most was seeing students lined up...

Articles from CCO's, Grapevine Newsletter

CCO invites youth to relationship with Christ

This relationship with Jesus Christ is what people are seeking in their lives. Awareness of this inspires CCO to do what is necessary to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel. This message includes the truth of the relationship that God wants to have with us.

Annual dinner brings hope and humour to Kingston

The Saint John Fisher Dinner is named in honour of a great man of letters for his courageous defence of marriage and his martyrdom under Henry VIII. The dinner supports the work of our Newman House Catholic chaplaincy at Queen’s University and the missionaries of Catholic Christian Outreach who are an essential part of our mission...”

Archdiocese ends search for evangelization tools

At Catholic Christian Outreach, we work primarily with university students. It is not uncommon for people to ask us, “What about everyone else? Why don’t you run faith studies at parishes as well?” Two years ago, Kyle Neilson, the director of the Office of Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, entered this discussion with exciting results...

‘I can’t believe you caught that moment’

Rob Scott is a young Catholic man who happens to be a tattoo artist. He wears a leather jacket, has a full beard, and talks openly about his love for Jesus and Eucharistic Adoration. He spent the summer in Victoria, B.C., on CCO’s Impact mission, participating in outreach activities with 26 other young adults.

Standing for Christ

An incredible opportunity faced me during last year’s CCO fall retreat: a summer mission. The words “Africa” and “mission” stirred something new inside my heart that I could not explain. I started to consider the possibility of entering into this adventure.