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  • Healing People With His Love

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    For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted a career that would “help people.”  Over the course of my lifetime, this vague career goal manifested itself in many different ways. From grade eight until my second year of university; I seriously considered about ten different career paths. By the end of grade 12 it was time for me to choose a path, one that I thought would best help me to “help people”, so I chose to aim high: medical school. Throughout high school, I had rejected my faith and turned to partying and being a high achiever to fill this void. My first year of university was...

  • The Ultimate Relationship: Priests Can Use It Too

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    I learned that CCO would be holding an Impact mission in Calgary when I was serving a pastoral year of internship there as a seminarian in St. Bonaventure Parish. I had first encountered the movement in 2005 through a Rise Up conference, but I had little other knowledge of CCO’s work. Still, I knew enough to begin begging our pastor to consider hosting a team in our parish. He agreed. Impact brought countless blessings to my city, my parish and me that summer. Among them? Exposure to the evangelizing tools that CCO has spent more than 20 years creating and refining. One that stood out was a clever little booklet...

  • Courage to Witness

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    By Ariane Larouche Témoigner de notre foi, tout un défi dans notre société de nos jours! Dépassée par les différents évènements, les hauts et les bas de mon quotidien depuis un an, j’avais délaissé ma foi et mes croyances en Dieu. Dans le cadre de mon emploi d’été à la cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Québec, j’ai fait la connaissance de 11 personnes provenant des quatre coins du Canada…Bref, 11 personnes uniques, merveilleuses, rayonnantes et accueillante. Après avoir été à la messe un dimanche (pour la première fois en 5 mois!), j’ai accepté de participer aux études de foi et puis de discuter, poser des questions pour découvrir Celui en qui j’avais mis mes croyances....

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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Eric Filion

One of my greatest joys as a missionary is whenever I have the opportunity to pray with a student, to open their heart to Christ, or help them go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. One of the exciting opportunities that...

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Talitha Lemoine

In one of the first faith studies that I lead as a CCO missionary, there was a girl in the group that was of no religious background. As the weeks and lessons went on, I noticed that she was really...

Articles from CCO's, Grapevine Newsletter

A Reflection from the Founder

For 25 years it has been clear that the purpose of CCO is the Gospel; to proclaim Jesus as clearly and as simply as possible, so that the hearer would be able to understand and respond. Over the last quarter-century there have been many occasions...

Rock & Roll in Rio

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.”

Thank You Lord for Life

“Thank you Lord for life!” This is a common opening for prayers from Catholic Ugandan students, according to CCO staffer Ben Turland. Turland was part of a CCO delegation that headed to Uganda to help with continuing efforts to train students in evangelization and leadership development.

CCO Moms Know Best

When CCO Founder André Regnier started coming home from the University of Saskatchewan with a bible tucked under his arm, his four siblings knew they had two choices: talk to André about God, or run.

Back to the Future

It will be hard to miss Joël Denis (pronounced Jo-ël Den-ee) at Simon Fraser University this fall. Joël made a name for himself at the CCO National Staff Gathering in Ottawa this August for his retro style, and says he is easing SFU students into his printed shirts as well as the Gospel. “Over the last couple of years Value Village’s polyester shirts have been slim pickings,” jokes Denis. “I think I’m having an effect.”