Our Mission Statement
Catholic Christian Outreach™ (CCO™) is a university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge young adults to live in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world.
CCO's Five Tenets
At a time when young people are making decisions that shape the course of their lives, we introduce them to Jesus and help them become leaders who will renew the world.
Clear & Simple
Our faith is based on a personal, life-giving encounter with Christ. We present the Gospel message in a relevant and straightforward way.
at a Time
We believe each individual matters and should have the chance to hear about God’s love and mercy. We take the time to accompany young adults as they draw closer to Christ.
A Heart for
CCO has a heart for the world, aware that salvation is offered through Christ for all people. We reach out with the Great Commission in mind.
God has done such great things in our midst, and we have so much hope for what He can do in and through us. We trust in His faithfulness.
CCO's Three Pillars
The three pillars of CCO are to proclaim, equip and commission. It is our belief that a clear and simple proclamation of the Good News of Jesus is urgently needed in the world, even among Catholics; this is the mandate of the New Evangelization. Having proclaimed the Gospel, we then seek to equip those who have experienced conversion with the necessary skills to evangelize others. Our method cooperates with the Holy Spirit, hoping that all people will internalize and put into action the great task Jesus gave his disciples, “to go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18).
Our goal is share the message of Jesus and to spread His mission. This mission is to form apostles—believers who, through the empowerment and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, send others to proclaim the message.
ANGÈLE REGNIER was born on November 29, 1966 in Leask, Saskatchewan and received her Bachelor of Education cum laude from the University of Saskatchewan.
Along with her husband André, Angèle founded Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) in Saskatoon in 1988. For over 3 decades CCO has been affecting change in the lives of the university students to whom it ministers, calling them to a conversion to Jesus Christ and to live actively as missionary disciples. Currently they work at CCO’s national headquarters in Canada’s national capital, Ottawa. CCO is increasingly supporting the work of parish renewal through the same methods and materials they have seen success with on campus (see cco.ca/parish).
Angèle grew up in a strong Christian home and had a deep experience of God’s personal love as a Grade 12 student when she attended a youth conference. She had the privilege of being an active leader in interdenominational evangelical ministries such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Campus Crusade for Christ. Through their formation and mission opportunities, her passion to serve the spreading of the Gospel was enflamed.
Angèle is the proud mother of 5 children, as well as 3 in-laws and therefore grandmother to 4 cutie pies. In 2019, the whole family was invited to speak at an international event at the Vatican because of their commitment to the new evangelization. The family together co-authored Brick by Brick giving witness to how André and Angèle raised their children to be missionary disciples. She also wrote Forgiveness is Key, a powerful and personal witness to the freedom found in forgiveness.
Angèle created CCO’s Faith Study Series as well as The Ultimate Relationship (UR)— an evangelistic booklet which has been translated into over a dozen languages. Besides being an author, Angèle is an inspiring and engaging speaker. She and her husband head up a podcast for CCO called The Missionary Disciple Podcast.
In 2018 Angèle led the team that famously brought the relic arm of St Francis Xavier across Canada. Angèle was interviewed hundreds of times locally, nationally and even internationally with such outlets as the Globe and Mail, the National Post, CTV, Global, CBC, and the BBC.
In 2015 André and Angèle were awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Pawnt-i-feechay) Medal for distinguished service to the Church. This is the highest medal that can be awarded to laity by the Pope.
Angèle is passionate about Jesus, the Saints, the Great Commission, Ignatian spirituality, and her favourite colour, yellow.
ANDRÉ REGNIER was born on November 10, 1960 and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he wrestled at the national level with the varsity team while completing his Bachelors of Psychology. While at university he was in search of Christian fellowship. Although he met many wonderful, zealous and authentic young people from Evangelical churches and campus clubs, he wished that those same opportunities to grow in faith were available in a Catholic context. Not finding any, he felt called to start something new.
Along with his wife Angèle, André founded Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) in Saskatoon in 1988. For over 3 decades CCO has been affecting change in the lives of the students to whom it ministers, calling them to deeper conversion and a Christ-centred life.
In 2015, André and Angèle were awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal for distinguished service to the Church. This is the highest medal that can be awarded to laity by the Pope.
André has led countless international missions, including ones to the Philippines, Poland, and Uganda. In Uganda he helped to establish on several campuses an ongoing CCO presence that still remains active today. In 2016, he and Angèle led a CCO team at World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow. Working with the International Centre for Evangelization (ICE), the team shared 1 million copies of The Ultimate Relationship booklet in 10 different languages and evangelized people from all over the world who attended the WYD festivities.
He is currently working on his Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute. He has written three books: Catholic Missionary Identity, Five Tenets to Renew the World, and most recently, Clear and Simple: How to Have Conversations that Lead to Conversion.
André is a motivating and engaging speaker who gives talks both nationally and internationally. He is especially sought-after to present on discipleship formation in dioceses and parishes alike. His desire is to draw people to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ, and to be a catalyst for them to embrace the Church’s evangelical mission.
André and Angèle live in Ottawa and have five children and four grandchildren.
Books Written by the Founders
CCO Missionaries exist to proclaim Jesus for the renewal of the world. We are faithful, joy-filled and dedicated to our mission. We need your prayer and financial partnership.
board of directors
Fr. Raymond de Souza, Chair of the Board
Chaplain, Queen’s University Chaplain
Editor, Convivium Magazine
Columnist, National Post
Kingston. Board member since 2016.
CCO has transformed our chaplaincy at Queen’s University and serving on the Board grants me more regular contact with our missionaries, who never fail to inspire me with their sacrificial commitment to preach the Gospel on campus. There are vibrant communities of faith on so many campuses, thanks in large part to the vision and work of CCO. That’s very good news about the future of the Good News in Canada.
Bishop Scott McCaig, CC
Bishop, Military Ordinariate of Canada
Former General Superior, Companions of the Cross
Ottawa. Board member since 2013.
I became acquainted with CCO more than 25 years ago and have seen more lives transformed than I can count. In my opinion it is one of the most effective ministries I have ever seen. It is a privilege to be part of the movement!
Principal, Gregorich Research
Former High School Science Teacher
Ottawa. Board member since 2018.
A few years back, when I was gingerly exploring Catholicism from my launch pad as a life-long evangelical Protestant, I recall telling the Lord that it would be difficult for me to move into the Catholic Church unless it was engaged in purposeful evangelization. When I started hearing about CCO and meeting some of its workers, I knew the last piece of the puzzle had fallen into place and not long afterwards I joined the Catholic Church.
Being in friendship with Jesus really is the ultimate relationship. CCO is on campuses across Canada, sharing the good news of Jesus, and is moving from strength to strength as it takes its mission abroad and shares its resources with parishes. Bringing people to Jesus, accompanying them on their faith journeys, raising up leaders for the Church, listening to God for new opportunities…. It doesn’t get better than that, and I’m so pleased to be a small part of this work by serving on the Board.
Dr. Marcel D’Eon
Professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
Editor Canadian Medical Education Journal
Saskatoon. Board member since 2016.
Christian mission has been a part of my life for a long time and serving on the CCO Board of Directors is a natural extension of this. My connection to CCO goes back to the beginning when André and Angèle were members of our parish and, together with my wife, we cheered on the establishment of CCO. How wonderful to have been there at the beginning, and be able to be a part of it now.
I think the mission of CCO is important because the message of the gospel needs to be presented and proclaimed to young people in a strong, positive light. We need to have clear, viable, and compelling alternatives to popular culture. CCO accomplishes both of these.
Manager, Office of Pastoral Life & New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth
Halifax. Board member since 2017.
I have always been drawn to the mission and passion for evangelization that CCO has. I believe serving on the board allows an opportunity to answer this longstanding call and contribute to the mission of Catholic Christian Outreach in a meaningful way.
I think the mission of CCO is important because challenging students to the fullness of faith in order to be leaders in the renewal of the world is more important now than it has ever been. The institutions and cultural supports that once buoyed Catholicism in Canada have largely eroded and the whole church needs to learn again how to propose the Gospel clearly and simply. The church, and the world, also needs leaders ready to step in and approach things from a perspective of evangelization and not self-preservation. CCO students can be those leaders.
Manager, Strategy and Corporate Development for Suncor Energy
Calgary. Board member since 2018.
I’ve personally witnessed CCO to be an incredibly effective instrument in drawing many of my friends and family members closer to Christ. As a young Catholic man attending Dalhousie University, CCO provided an amazing group of friends, an opportunity to grow in my faith, and the challenge to become a leader on campus and within the church.
As universities continually become a difficult place for the Catholic faith to flourish, CCO becomes more and more vital in supporting young Catholics on campus. CCO impacts the future fathers, mothers, business leaders and government officials in Canada and I feel very privileged to be a small part of this organization as a member of the Board.
Great Expectations, formerly known as The Grapevine, is the annual magazine of Catholic Christian Outreach. The new title reflects the desire and fruit of this publication, to bring hope that young people and the Church are being spiritually awoken and filled with zeal for evangelization. Great expectations is also one of CCO’s founding tenets which expresses hope and confidence in what God will do through us, with us and in us. “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20)