Founders

André Regnier

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 and completed his Bachelors of Psychology. While at university, though busy studying and wrestling on the varsity team, 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.

André, along with his wife Angèle, founded Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) in Saskatoon in 1988. For almost 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.

Andréhas led countless international missions, including ones to the Philippines, Poland, and Uganda. In Uganda he helped to establish an ongoing CCO presence on campuses 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.

André is currently working on his Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute. He has written two books, Catholic Missionary Identity and Five Tenets to Renew the World, and is a motivating and engaging presenter who speaks nationally and internationally. 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.  He and Angèle live in Ottawa and have five children and two grandchildren.

 

Check out and buy André’s books at the CCO Store:

     

Angèle Regnier

ANGÈLE REGNIER was born on November 29, 1966 in Leask, Saskatchewan and received her Bachelor of Education cum laude from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  Angèle grew up in a strong Christian home and had a deep experience of God’s personal love when she went to a youth conference in Grade 12. 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.

She met André at a university student conference and discovered they shared a heart for campus evangelization. Together with Fr. Clair Watrin, CSB, they dreamed of what a Catholic campus outreach could look like. Over the year that she and André were engaged she was received formally into the Catholic Church, they got married, and they began CCO (September, 1988).  For almost 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.

Angèle created CCO’s Faith Study books (​Discovery, Source, Growth, Obedience, Commission) as well as ​The ​Ultimate Relationship (UR) booklet, including translations of these materials in several languages. In the summer of 2016, at the invitation of the church, Angèle and André helped lead a team to distribute a million copies of the UR, in 10 languages, to evangelize the pilgrims attending the World Youth Day (WYD) festivities in Krakow, Poland.

Angèle is an inspiring and engaging speaker and was one of the key speakers at the New Evangelization Summit in 2016. Her book, Forgiveness is Key, was published in 2016 and has received wide acclaim.

She is the mother of 5 children and has 2 grandchildren, and although the Regniers live in Ottawa where CCO’s national headquarters is located, they still consider Saskatchewan to be home.

Check out and buy Angèle’s book at the CCO Store:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on how you can book either André or Angèle as a speaker contact hq@cco.ca.

Click here to find out about having either André or Angèle give a retreat at your parish.

 

 

 

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