I was introduced to Catholic Christian Outreach when I was helping plan a follow-up to World Youth Day in 2002 in Saskatchewan. Bishop Legatt placed our Humboldt parish priest Fr. Murray Kuemper on our committee. He suggested we contact CCO for volunteers to help us with the day, and we were blessed to have several staff and students volunteer.
On moving to Saskatoon, we continued our association with CCO and were able to volunteer for events like CCO’s progressive suppers. (University students travelled from one home to the next, having appetizers at one house, soup at another, etc.) The CCO missionaries impressed me with their faithfulness, energy and joy.
I work in the Finance department, where I have the privilege of talking to financial supporters from coast to coast. There have been times when supporters have asked me to pray for them on the phone. It is a blessing that people feel confident to share their struggles and that they humbly ask for prayers. Their generosity of heart and their commitment to support the evangelization of university students make my job so rewarding. With this financial support, our missionaries can reach out to university students to bring Christ and the teaching and sacraments of the Catholic Church. Sometimes I forget how important the work I do is to the lives of the campus missionaries who do not have the time to do the work I am doing.