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  • Dec 28.18
    Day 1

    Opening Session
  • Dec 29.18
    Day 2

    Session 2


    Session 3

    Afternoon break

    Session 4
  • Dec 30.18
    Day 3

    Session 5


    Session 6

    Optional Session with Fr. Timothy Gallagher

    Afternoon break

    Session 7
  • Dec 31.18
    Day 4
    Praise & Worship

    Workshops: Personal Development

    Workshops: Living our Apostolate

    Afternoon break

    New Year’s Anticipated Mass

    New Year’s Eve Banquet & Dance
  • Jan 01.19
    Day 5

    Closing Session





PD1: When Life Sucks: A Catholic Perspective on Suffering

Maria Arsenault, CCO Team Leader at the University of Victoria

If God is pure love then why does He allow suffering? This common question can be the hardest to accept when the suffering is our own. We are taught that God is always good, but what does that mean when life doesn’t go as planned? This workshop will cut to heart of the matter and give you a new perspective on the gritty side of life.

PD2: It's Okay to Not be Okay: Faith and Mental Health

Tracy Tomiak, MRE/Counselling

In our world today, Mental Health has become a topic of high importance and has and/or will affect everyone at some point in their lives. While Christ is a divine healer, he has also given us excellent medical care and professionals to be his healers today. It is important to be able to understand how we can help ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ when dealing with mental illness and how to support one another both through our faith as well as through professional help.

PD3: The Eucharist, the Truth

Fr. Nathan Siray

If the Church claims that the Eucharist is the “summit and source” of our faith, why do we have such a hard time understanding the importance of it all? Do we really eat the body of Christ? As the most regularly received sacrament, understanding the truth of the consecrated host will help to deepen our faith. Come discover how crucial the Blessed Sacrament is to our own life. This workshop will help to clarify the truths and myths of the Eucharist and provide you with a deeper understanding of the beautiful gift of Holy Communion.

PD4: Hopelessly Devoted

Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada

“He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’” (John 19: 26-27). Jesus gave to each of us His mother as our own, and throughout the past 2000 years Mary has been leading Catholics back to Him. Come and witness what true devotion to Mary can look like, and how she can be the guide for each of us to her Son.

PD5: Hey God, Is That You?

Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV and author

How can we really know what God’s will is in our lives? How can we really listen to His call for each of us when there are so many different options that appear good? If your heart desires to follow God’s will, but recognizing it is your greatest barrier then come to learn about how to practically begin the process of recognizing God’s voice in your life.

PD6: The Deceit of Porn

Carine and Jared Podhorodeski, Married Couple

Pornography and the glorification of sex is so pervasive in our culture that you can’t even buy your groceries without being bombarded by pornographic images and articles on magazine covers. The best way to combat this war is to educate ourselves. Please join us in this session to learn more about the effects of porn, and to hear from the personal experience of those who have fought this fight before.

PD7: Finding Your Spirituality in the Catholic Church

Sr. Mary Martha, Dominicans of St. Cecilia

Do words like “adventure” or “dynamic” describe your prayer life? If you’re feeling stuck and wondering how to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Lord through prayer, the Church has endless resources. Discover how devotions, befriending the saints, following a rule of life or understanding the transcendentals (transcen-what-tals?) can lead you to greater heights in prayer. The Lord wants to reveal himself to you in a uniquely personal way, come to this session to discover how!

PD8: Virtue Driven Life

John Brundage, Seminarian with the Companions of the Cross

Being virtuous does not just mean being a good person. How do we know when we are practicing the virtue of meekness or are acting cowardly? What do we do if we find ourselves faced with temptation, or committing the same sin over and over again? How do we know if our anger is sinful or righteous? To grow in holiness, we have to be filled with Christian virtue and not just live ethical lives. This session will help provide guidance in the difficult process of turning sin into virtue.


LA1: Beginning Your Leadership Journey

Anthony Hoffman, Fort McMurray Firefighter

Most saints didn’t have degrees. Many of today’s entrepreneurs and industry changers are self-taught. We all know a good leader when we see one. They may not even be the person with the title, but we’ll follow their lead any day. How do you foster an authentic, rallying type of leadership? Firefighter Anthony Hoffman talks about how mastery of self leads to mastery of your craft, and emboldens others to do the same. Real leadership builds more leaders. “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena

LA2: Best Kept Secrets of World-Changing Discipleship

Ian Anderson, CCO Manager of Ministry Training

How do we actively live out our missionary identity in the world? Jesus himself selected twelve apostles to form during his years of active ministry. Modeling Christ, we call this strategy Intentional Accompaniment. We are all called to journey with others as they grow in their own faith, but how can we accompany them in a way that will be beneficial and appropriate to where they are at? This session will teach you the dynamic strategy of Intentional Accompaniment so that you can become a more effective missionary.

LA3: Engaging in Public Life

Rachael Harder, MP for Lethbridge, AB

In an age of celebrity politicians and shocking news, it can be hard to take public life seriously let alone feel that your efforts to engage will have any real value. And yet famously, the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This is a time when, more than ever, people of good character can and must be engaged in public life. This could mean anything from simply being active in contacting your MP on issues, to putting yourself forward to run for office. How do we cultivate a more magnanimous posture as Christians in public matters? Come hear from a parliamentarian themselves and have all your questions answered.

LA4: The Truth According to Who?

Matt Nelson, Apologist, Author and Blogger

Finding our faith in Christ and living it out is great, but does that mean it’s true for everyone else? In today’s modern society where a dress is either gold and white or black and blue and some people hear “Laurel” while others hear “Yanny,” the truth is becoming harder to find. Truth has been replaced with preference but Jesus says that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and not one of many ways, truths, and lives. This workshop will offer a vision of the world where Jesus as the only way matters and there is authentic truth. It will also help you present that truth to others with clarity and love.

Matt Nelson’s recent publication, “Just Whatever: How to Help the Spiritually Indifferent Find Beliefs that Really Matter,” tackles these questions in depth and is available now at shop.catholic.com.

LA5: The Voice of Conscience in Healthcare

Dr. Thomas Bouchard, Family Medicine Physician and Clinical Lecturer at University of Calgary

Working in the medical field while upholding the dignity of life and the magisterial teaching of the Church requires prudence and creativity. Doctors, nurses, and others in healthcare need to have winsome and charitable approaches when they discuss controversial issues like abortion, assisted suicide, and contraception. A proper witness must be one that joyfully affirms the Gospel message and presents it compassionately in every encounter. This workshop is geared for those in or pursuit of work in healthcare.

LA6: #blessed - How to Handle Money as Authentic Witnesses of God's Abundance

Eloisa Greenwald, CCO Mission Advancement Officer

Jesus talked about money more than any other topic. Money is discussed more than 2,300 times in the Bible. How we view and handle money is one of the main measures of our spiritual lives. Money is one of the greatest human resources the Lord lends to us. So it’s obvious that money is an important topic and this session will talk all about it. It will go through the spirituality and practical practice of how to handle money in order to be authentic witnesses of God’s abundant love.

LA7: More Than Positive Vibes

Fr. John O’Brien, S.J., Vocations Director, Jesuits of Canada

The Catholic Church is in a real spiritual battle with all things New Age. New Age thinking has permeated our culture not only through so-called therapies such as reiki, but through words, phrases, and concepts such as “positive vibes,” “channeling,” and “self-empowerment.” It can sneak through our own lives through ways we may not even know or recognize. This workshop will help identify New Age thinking in our culture and in our lives and how to engage in this spiritual battle.

LA8: Holiness in the World

Ben and Sara Francis

How can we live in a way that impacts the world for Christ without having the world impact us? As followers of Christ, we should strive to actively engage our culture without allowing the culture’s ungodly morals and values to infiltrate our lives. This session discusses ways to live an attractive lifestyle that witnesses to the transforming love of Christ in our lives.






How does payment work for my registration?

A deposit of $175 is required to confirm your registration for Rise Up 2018. Deposit must be paid before the payment deadline otherwise the price will increase to the next fee bracket. Full payment must be received by the subsequent deadline. (E.g. if you register before the Early Bird deadline, you must pay the deposit before September 15 and pay in full before November 15).
After November 15, full payment is required to confirm any new registrations.
After December 15, all conference fees must be paid or registration is subject to cancellation.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

You can log back in to your registration using the information received in your confirmation email and cancel your registration yourself. If you have any issues doing this successfully, please email riseup@cco.ca.

Cancellations received before September 15, 2018, will receive a full refund less $25. After September 15 and before November 15 you will receive a full refund less $75. On or after November 15 and before December 15 you will receive a full refund less $175. Cancellations received on or after December 15, 2018, will not be eligible for refunds and you will be expected to pay the full conference fee.

What is included in the cost of registration?

Your Rise Up registration includes four nights and five days at a four-star hotel (unless you register for the commuter pass), 3 hot brunches, New Year’s Eve banquet dinner and entrance to all conference sessions.

Does registration include meals?

Yes, registration includes three hot brunches (for December 29th, 30th, and January 1st) and the New Year’s Eve banquet dinner. Participants who are staying in the hotel will also receive breakfast baskets in their room (with snacks like fruit, granola bars, etc.) to be shared among room occupants. All participants are expected to look after the meals which occur during the break time of the conference.

What if I accidentally registered for the wrong item?

No problem! It is not necessary to submit another registration – simply email riseup@cco.ca to make any changes to your registration.

Can students not from a CCO campus attend?

Certainly, this event is meant to gather young people from across the country to center them on the beauty and truth of faith.

Can I fundraise my expenses to attend Rise Up?

CCO is a registered Canadian charity and, as such, is bound by certain tax laws in regards to fundraising. These laws allow that only students involved in the local campus movement staffed by CCO missionaries to fundraise for Rise Up. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: 613 736 1999  riseup@cco.ca

I am not in university or college, can I still attend?

Definitely! Everyone can benefit from the mix of incredible speakers and a rediscovery of their call to have a relationship with God, and the challenge to share their faith with others.

How do I qualify for the student rate?

If you are enrolled in post-secondary studies, whether full-time or part-time, you are eligible to register at the student rate for the hotel or commuter conference packages. This includes seminarians and non-Canadian students. Note that when registering for a student package you will be required to enter the name of your post-secondary institution.

Can high school students register?

Participants must be 18 or older at the time of the conference to attend Rise Up; high school students 18 or over may attend, otherwise we do not accept registrations from high school students.

How will I get to the conference?

Many campuses will be chartering buses to the conference – ask your local campus missionaries what they are planning. If you are not on a CCO campus, email riseup@cco.ca to inquire if you can connect with a nearby campus.

How are roommates assigned?

When you register you have the opportunity to indicate up to three roommate requests; these individuals should also identify you as their choice of roommate, but note that we cannot guarantee all requests. Also note that requests will be granted according to individuals who are registered and paid for the conference as of November 15, late registrants may not be placed in the room of their choice.

All other attendees will be placed in rooms according to their university (if applicable), city, or at random. If you would like to make a change in your room request please email riseup@cco.ca before November 15.

How many people share a room in the hotel?

Registration prices for the hotel package are based on quadruple occupancy—if you would like to request other arrangements, note that this will come at an extra cost: please email riseup@cco.ca for more information.