In 1988, two young university grads, André and Angèle Regnier felt an urgency to do something about the crisis of faith on the university campus.
While at university, André Regnier 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.
Meanwhile Angèle who had a Protestant background was searching for Christian fellowship on campus as well. She grew in her faith life and evangelization skills through involvement in various campus ministries.
While the Lord was planting the seeds of his call to evangelization in André’s heart, he met Angèle at a Protestant conference. Together with André’s parish priest Fr. Clair Watrin, they came up with a strategy for a robust evangelizing campus ministry model that aimed to equip mission-ready leaders. Within a few months their journeys intertwined. Angèle became Catholic, they got married and they launched CCO at the University of Saskatchewan in fall of 1988. In fact, the first CCO faith study to a student on campus at the University of Saskatchewan while they were on their honeymoon. Ever since, our desire to build up leaders for the renewal of the world in Jesus has caught fire on campuses across Canada, with students taking up the torch to lead studies and accompany people.