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  • Discovering the God Who Draws Near to Us

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    by Alisa Valks Although I grew up in a Catholic household, I would say that eight months ago God seemed untouchable to me.  I believed that someone had to be perfect to have access to Him. This lead me to believe that when I left church, I left my faith and my religion there too. I began university this past September, and signed up for a faith study with CCO. They told me that God wanted a relationship with me. They told me that God loved me so much that he became human to be with me. They told me that he died for me so that I could be...

  • Teaching His Love


    By: Stephanie Dresch. I have always wanted to be a teacher. Growing up, there were a few teachers that I looked up to greatly and each of them had one thing in common: they had a huge impact on their students’ lives. These teachers not only taught the curriculum, but they taught what it meant for one to follow their passion. I looked up to these teachers; I wanted to be like them, I wanted to really impact my students. I was accepted into the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University and I thought that my dreams were coming true! In 5 short years, I would have my teaching degree...

  • Who Will Deliver Your Call?


    My call to being a missionary runs parallel with my conversion. The final wall that I had constructed between myself and Christ was committing myself to evangelization. We live in a culture that says religion is fine so long as you keep it within the confines of your own home, and don’t press it on anyone. However, fresh off of accepting CCO’s call to all the Rise Up participants in Halifax in 2012 to lead a Discovery faith study, and accepting Christ’s invitation to place him at the center of my life, I found myself entering into a leadership role on the Carleton Campus in Ottawa. Shortly after deciding to...

Missionary Highlight

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Minerva Macapagal

What I love about being a campus missionary is the opportunity I have to see, firsthand, lives being changed. Most of my stories that love to share are about the students I work with. This year I met a first-year...

Chelsey at the National Staff Gathering 2012

Chelsey Kress

It is an unforgettable experience to disciple and journey with a young soul as they encounter truth and love in Jesus Christ and place Him at the centre of their life. I’ve had the privilege to witness first-hand several conversions...

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Mariana Rengifo

Although I have not been a full-time missionary yet, I have had some amazing experiences as a student missionary. One of my most cherished moments would have to be one of the first times I was leading the CCO Discovery...

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.