Catholic Christian Outreach’s expansion to UVic has gone viral. Within 24 hours of posting the news that CCO would be heading to UVic in the fall of 2014 to their Facebook page, the announcement received over 600 ‘likes’ and was seen by over 60,000 people online.
The announcement was made by CCO President Jeff Lockert at an event at the Vancouver Golf Club on Oct. 21, and capped a weekend of celebrations for CCO’s 25th anniversary. Events were held in every city that CCO has a presence: Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Quebec City and Halifax.
UVic student Greg Van Dyk, who also serves as the President of the Catholic Student Association at UVic, is thrilled by the news.
“We are beyond excited to have CCO coming to the UVic campus,” said Van Dyk. “As a Catholic Students’ Association, we’ve really realized our missionary identity this year, and the addition of CCO next year is a well-timed extension of Catholic mission on campus.”
CCO is a Catholic university student movement, dedicated to evangelization and leadership development and currently has a presence on 11 campuses across Canada and employs over 70 full-time missionaries. CCO conducts outreach missions and makes extensive use of social media to reach university students in Canada and abroad.
CCO also hosts an annual conference called Rise Up, which has taken place in major cities across Canada for the last 15 years. Rise Up typically attracts about 600 university students and will be in Ottawa this December. This summer, CCO will be conducting a summer-long mission in Victoria called IMPACT, where approximately 30 students spend the summer doing outreach activities.
“We’re looking forward to working together with CCO next year to share the Gospel on campus and become even more effective in our missionary outreach,” said Van Dyk. “ It’s fantastic news, and we couldn’t be more hopeful and energized about the future of the faith on campus. The summer IMPACT will also give a shot of energy to the diocese, and CCO will really be able to build on the momentum of the Holy Spirit working in Victoria. We can’t wait!”