Catholic Christian Outreach

About CCO

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.

CCO Students in front of Ottawa University sign

Our Campuses

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 faith study books

Our Materials

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

CCO Rise Up Conference Main Stage singers with crowd

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 World Youth Day Mission team photo in Brazil


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

CCO Staff at National Staff Gathering in Ottawa 2014


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).

Female CCO student with colorful structure behind


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 2 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

CCO Blog

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CCO Blog

  • One Good Reason To Be Distracted At Mass


    A few weeks back I found myself at Sunday mass without my wife and four kids. It worked out better for the family that we go at different Mass times. It was a rare treat to be in the pew without the distraction of kids and I was ready to enter into deep prayer. But that’s not how things worked out. I ended up distracted by other things.I noticed that the choir was at times out of tune. I saw that the congregation had a glazed look of disinterest during the priest’s homily. I began to think about how the choir and the priest might do things different. Things could...

  • I Thought I Was Doing What the Pope Wanted, Until I Read This

    Proceed With Caution - State Farm

    by Eric Myatt Recently Catholic Christian Outreach developed a new 10-year plan. We’re hoping that all our staff, students, alumni, and benefactors can be a part of it. The headline reads: “Be protagonists in the mission of proclaiming Jesus clearly and simply.” After the big reveal, it was talked about, shared, tweeted, and posted. It was out there. A couple weeks later I read a protagonists quote from Pope Francis. The quote made me take a deep breath, swallow the lump in my throat, and consider becoming a hermit: “We should not boast as if we were the protagonists: there is only one protagonist, it is the Lord! The Lord’s...

  • When I Decide to Wake Up For Prayer


    The most important hour of my day is before the sun rises. It’s not the hour when my 9 month old wakes us up. It’s not the hour when my toddler wants help going to the bathroom. It’s the hour when I get up to pray. Being in a household with five other people, four of them being five years and under, makes quiet and personal time a premium. It is hard to find a window of time to pray without external distraction. For the last two months I’ve decided to get up earlier than usual. My alarm is set at 5:30 am. At this time, usually everyone is sound...

Missionary Highlight

Missionary Highlight

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Elizabeth Krump

I love seeing others experience that 'a-ha!' moment for the first time, when they realize that they need Jesus in their lives! I'll never forget sharing the Discovery faith study with a 50-year old woman who once asked me, "Why...

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Joshua Hrynchyshyn

Spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ! When I tell people about the work that I’ll be doing, it is such a gift hearing the excitement in their voice and seeing the joy on their face. I have received many...

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Vicki McEachern

Managing CCO's social media presence through Rise Up 2014 was powerful. As we posted updates and photos throughout the conference, the feedback and engagement was incredible. Add to that all of the familiar faces and sights of my hometown of...

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.