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Mission Statement

Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) is a university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge students to live in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world. CCO was founded by André and Angèle Regnier in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan. From the humble beginnings of a handful of students, the movement now serves thousands of students across Canada.

Currently, CCO missionary teams are present on 12 university campuses across Canada. Teams of full-time missionaries lead on-campus outreach. Students are invited into deeper conversion that is rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Our campus missionaries are committed to discipleship, leading students to grow in holiness and to engage in mission. We believe that every student involved in CCO can be a leader. We challenge them to take missionary initiative.

CCO produces materials which can equip anybody in evangelization. The Ultimate Relationship booklet provides a tool to share the Gospel message. It has been printed in nine languages and over 20,000 have been distributed in the past year. The CCO Faith Study series simply and clearly explains the truths of the faith. They practically outline important principles for Catholic living. Each lesson integrates Scripture and Church teachings in small group discussions. There are five levels of studies: Discovery, Source, Growth, Obedience and Commission. For more info

Nationally, CCO hosts Rise Up, an annual conference for young adults, gathering hundreds of young adults in a different Canadian city each year. Rise Up is more than a conference. It exists to motivate and inspire leaders for the renewal of the world. For more info or to register for the conference

CCO leads a variety of missions, both domestic and international, where students are able to put their evangelization and leadership skills into practice. For more info or to apply for a mission

Behind every CCO missionary is a team of supporters. The generosity of these individuals makes this all possible. Each supporter is an integral part of the CCO mission. The pillars of support are: finance, prayer, and promotion (word-of-mouth).

My turning point was when I began going to a CCO faith study. The people I met through CCO were loving, caring, and happy, and I saw that they were that way because of prayer, scripture, and having Christ at the centre of their lives. Through experiencing people my age practicing their faith in an authentic way, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. Suzanne, CCO Student

“After an unhealthy two and half year relationship in high school I felt empty, yet I didn’t miss the relationship. At a CCO event, in front of the Blessed Sacrament I realised that I was missing God’s love. I went to Confession for the first time in 4 years. Now I want to use his love to reach others, just like people in CCO reached out to me.” Erin, CCO Student

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  • When I’m at a Loss for Words: The Rosary

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    The conversation started with my friend’s five-year-old daughter directing where the cutlery goes on the table. He added, “She also leads our family in the nightly rosary.” Before long, the joke turned into a real conversation about prayer and devotion. My friend, after admitting that he was joking about his daughter leading the Rosary, asked me if I pray the Rosary regularly. I had to think a moment before responding. “No, I don’t. But sometimes I do. I am a seasonal Rosary reciter.” I went on to explain that sometimes taking personal prayer comes very easily to me. But when the season of life changes, prayer is hard, and I...

  • Feast of St. John Fisher (and St. Thomas More)

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    Each year, CCO in Kingston hosts a fundraising event known as the St. John Fisher Dinner. Queen’s University chaplain, Fr. Raymond de Souza (an alumnus of Cambridge where St. John Fisher was chancellor), encouraged the patronage due to the saint’s relevance to university life, his courageous faith, and an opportunity to foster more knowledge of this great saint who is not as well-known as his fellow countryman, St. Thomas More. I took it upon myself to find out a little bit about him to share with you. St. John Fisher was bishop of Rochester (1504-1535), and was renowned for being learned, bold, and holy. Europe, in the sixteenth century, was...

  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga: Patron of All Students

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    St. Aloysius Gonzaga was declared Patron of All Students in 1729, just over a century after he died, and stands as a great inspiration for all of us. He was exemplary in his studies, in pursuing the missionary life, and in serving the sick and poor. He was born into a wealthy family of Northern Italy in 1568, a violent Renaissance era. Two of his brothers were murdered due to political upheaval, and his family had hopes that he would make a great name for them as a soldier, and inherit the family’s wealth. However, Aloysius felt called to serve God as a Jesuit, something his family was very opposed...

Missionary Highlight

Missionary Highlight

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Tim Killoran

One highlight of being a missionary was seeing a student I met with, and led on campus, be filled with the Holy Spirit. It was amazing to see how his actions, words and life changed when he encountered the Holy...

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Mark Suezo

During clubs week in the spring semester of 2013, I met a really genuine guy who wrote on his questionnaire “If you could ask God anything what would it be?” and he wrote “Why do I have so many girl...

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Alana Heit

One of my greatest joys is being able to witness others come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way. I was able to witness this while leading a discovery study for a group of girls that I go to...

Articles from CCO's, Grapevine Newsletter

CCO offers itself as gift to the Church

We have always seen our organization as a gift to help the wider Church. The intention behind our vision, methods and materials has always been to benefit the whole Church, and that intention motivates us to attend events such as Eucharistic Congresses or World Youth Days. This is also why we have translated our ministry materials into 11 languages.

Living and sharing our faith

I fell in love with my husband over a cup of hot chocolate. Ten years ago, we were on a ferry to P.E.I. As members of CCO’s mission to World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, we were going to a team-building session. I hadn’t known Ben for long when he bought me a hot chocolate...”

Going anywhere, from coast to coast

One of CCO’s campus missionaries told me his secret to getting up each morning to pray. He would awaken to his alarm and an all-too-familiar desire to hit the snooze button and roll over. But, instead of that, he trained himself to say, “I will go anywhere you want me to go.”

Local faithful join CCO in evangelization

Discovery changed my whole life. What I have found in Discovery is the mercy of God and who God truly is. I learned God wasn’t interested in my past, but rather in the person I can become. And through the mercy of God, I have learned to grow in my faith.

CCO gives free Bibles to thousands of students

In the spring of 2014, CCO partnered with the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) to bring the Gospel to students across Canada in a very tangible way—by giving away 2,000 bibles...