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What Is Rise Up?

Made For Greatness

Conference Theme

“Man was created for greatness—for God himself; he was created to be filled by God. But his heart is too small for the greatness to which it is destined. It must be stretched.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi

Do you know what you were made for; who you were made to be? Do you know that God created you for something great? Join us in Montreal to encounter Jesus Christ in a new way; to allow Him to show you the great things He has destined for you! Come and see what God has planned as we unpack this year’s theme: “Made For Greatness”.

Rise Up is a conference for young adults (aged 18-35) hosted by Catholic Christian Outreach, a Canadian university student movement – but Rise Up is more than a conference. It exists to motivate and inspire leaders for the renewal of the world.


Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Dec 28 - Jan 1

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque Blvd
Montréal, QC
H3B 4A5

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Hotel booking for conference dates is included in any hotel registration package. For an extended stay or any nights outside of the standard December 28-January 1, please contact


Encourage. Equip. Empower.

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André Regnier
CCO Founder

Andre is an engaging speaker, as well as the author of two books. Along with spear heading new CCO initiatives, he is involved in forming strong leadership on CCO’s campuses and delights in watching CCO’s students grow closer to the Lord.

Andre at Rise Up 2011

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Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
Archbishop of Gatineau

Also president of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Durocher is a vibrant and engaging speaker.

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Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC
Auxiliary Bishop, Ottawa

Ordained a priest with the Companions of the Cross, Bishop Christian now serves as auxiliary bishop & chancellor for the archdiocese of Ottawa

Bishop Christian at Rise Up 2014


Curtis Martin
President and Founder of Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)

Whether he is on college campuses or television, at conferences or working with corporate America, Curtis is an award-winning and proven dynamic speaker who has the ability to help his audience discover a vision for life.

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Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
CEO, Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation

Among being the founding CEO of Salt+ Light Catholic Media Foundation, Fr. Rosica is also an author, consultor of the Pontifical Council Social Communications, serves in the Holy See Press Office, and is a gifted and articulate speaker.

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Leah Darrow
Catholic Speaker

Leah Darrow is a speaker that challenges her international audiences to live their lives in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She speaks on topics which include modesty, chastity, mercy, conversion, and human dignity.


Sessions and Workshops

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Personal Development

  • PD1: Making Sense of the Bible
    • Speaker: Michael Hall (CCO Director of Human Resources)

      “In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them” (CCC 104). The Bible is God’s word to us, but it can seem like a daunting book. Where do I start? How can I understand what is happening? How can God use a book to “lovingly meet his children”? This workshop will introduce you to the basic structure of the Bible, help you understand a Catholic approach to reading and understanding the Scriptures, and teach you how to use the Bible to have a prayerful encounter with the Father.

  • PD2: Divine Mercy
    • Speaker: Dennis & Angelina Girard

      St. John Paul II wrote from his deathbed, “How much the world needs to understand and accept Divine Mercy!” St. Faustina was a young, uneducated, nun in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, Poland during the 1930’s. St. John Paul II canonized Sr. Faustina in 2000 making her the “first saint of the new millennium.” Join us for an interactive, energetic session on the key elements of the Divine Mercy message and the impact on your life going forward.

  • PD3: Introduction to Theology of the Body
    • Speaker: Katerine Perrault (Archdiocese of Montreal)

      From a series of 129 lectures given by Pope John Paul II, we have a treasure of teaching on the meaning of our bodies, the way God intended. This is a healing truth of the dignity of our bodies, created in the image of God.

  • PD4: Where do our Church’s traditions come from?
    • Speaker: Fr. Garrick Huang, FSSP (Chaplain, Archdiocese of Montreal)

      Ever wonder about the origin of the traditions and richness in the church? Fr. Huang is excited to share with us about the Church’s history, Saints and experiencing our church in other spiritualities, rights, and celebrations.

  • PD5: Devotion to St. Joseph – Men’s Session
    • Speaker: Christopher Pickup (CCO Team Leader, University of British Columbia)

      What does it take to be a man like St. Joseph? Let’s talk about what drives us as men and how to channel our desires to achieve great holiness. We are the next leaders and fathers in this country and the Lord has a job for us to do. We are made for greatness!

  • PD6: Discipline and Self-Control – Needed Virtues
    • Speaker: Andrew Nobauer (CCO Team Leader, Carleton University)

      Self-Control: What is it? How do you get it? In today’s culture of instant gratification, how can you grow in the virtue of temperance and live the life of self-control that God wants for you and that you ultimately want for yourself?

  • PD7: Keys for Discernment for 20 somethings
    • Speaker: TBD

      Do you ask yourself things such as, “What job should I take? What city should I move to? Should I date this person?” This workshop will give you tools to make decisions prayerfully and with confidence, knowing you are following God’s will for your life.

  • PD8: Living as a Christian Today – Practicals of the Spiritual Life
    • Speaker: TBD

      How do I live in the world but not be of the world? Is it even possible? Learn the necessities that will help keep you on track towards your goal of holiness: sacraments, prayer, practical advice and more.

Living your Apostolate

  • LA1: Mission 2.0 – Your Life
    • Speaker: Michael Dopp (Mission of the Redeemer Ministries)

      By virtue of our baptism, we have an inherent missionary call. Thus, God has a plan for every one of us to be His instruments in bringing people to know and love Christ. How do we do this after graduation? In a parish? In our workplace? With our family and friends? As a graduate of CCO, your time of mission is just beginning!

  • LA2: “Let’s get down to business” – Faith in the Corporate world
    • Speaker: AJ Plant (Ottawa Realtor)

      God needs leaders, good Christian leaders and witnesses in the world of business. Losing focus on your relationships, finding out your union is pro-choice, stress about deadlines, the alluring temptation of wealth are all some of the many struggles of the corporate world. Faith brings life and freedom into these areas and we would like to give you ideas and hope for how to make that happen!

  • LA3: Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue
    • Speaker: Richard Bernier (Procedural Clerk at House of Commons)

      “How do I have a productive conversation about my faith with a non-Catholic Christian? With someone of another faith?” Come and catch the attitude that will set you at ease in discussion of the faith with other cultures and faiths, lovingly evangelizing.

  • LA4: Theology of the Body Apologetics
    • Speaker: Fr. Terry Donahue (Companions of the Cross)

      How do we approach controversial conversations today regarding the human person – body, soul, and spirit? Whether it is transgenderism, same-sex marriage, euthanasia or abortion, St. Pope John Paul II’s teaching on Theology of the Body reveals the truth about what God had in mind when he designed human life. Bring your questions!

  • LA5: Introduction to Apologetics
    • Speaker: TBD

      Not bringing up your faith out of fear of not know how to explain? Lacking in confidence in this area? Come and learn to answer questions on basic theology for the secular world around you.

  • LA6: Testimony Writing 101
    • Speaker: Joseph San Jose (CCO Staff Simon Fraser University)

      Are you “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you?” 1 Peter 3:15
      One of the most effective tools of evangelization is a personal testimony. Everyone has a story of how the Lord has worked in their life. Come and discover your own testimony and learn why it is so important to be a witness in this way.

  • LA7: How can faith flourish in secular society?
    • Speaker: TBD

      Today more than ever, we need to fight for the truth of our faith to prevail in society. For many it can be difficult to balance professionalism in secular environments and their personal beliefs. This workshop will give practical ways to help others see value in religion and to know how to explain that faith and reason fit together.

  • LA8: “I’m terrible at evangelization”
    • Speaker: TBD

      When it comes to evangelization many different fears can paralyze us. Fear of what others think, fear of not knowing what to say, fear of rejection… the list goes on. Join us for this workshop to receive practical tools for evangelization with your family, friends and classmates.


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“Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.” - Psalm 66.2

Worship invites us to lift our hearts, hands and voices in praise of our God! In prayer, our worship draws us near to the heart of God and brings us to encounter with Him. Worship has always been upheld as a special charism of CCO and we pray that together our voices would be lifted as one for the glory of our God!

Worship Team

Rise Up Montréal Worship Team To Be Announced