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  • Dare To Be Different


      By: Alana Hodge. I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. Before my conversion to Jesus Christ, I knew I wanted to be different but I didn’t know what was motivating me to be different. After my conversion, I knew exactly what this motivation was. Giving my life to the Lord has been the best decision I have ever made. It has given meaning and purpose to my life; a life which looked fine on the outside but was pretty empty on the inside. I remember sitting in my first CCO faith study thinking to myself, “I hope God doesn’t call me to be a CCO missionary.” I was...

  • 35 Below 0 And God Still Speaks


    By: Jeremy Eckert. After my first year of college I was in a very rough place. I hit rock bottom.  It was after I encountered several CCO missionaries on the Impact Ottawa mission that I committed my life to Christ. That was three years ago and it began my journey to joining CCO staff. Committing my life to Christ meant giving up a life of worldly, sinful, and dead-end desires. Through this I was able to fully embrace the Catholic faith. Once I discovered that the world doesn’t truly satisfy, I received a strong desire for holiness in my life. I took two faith studies that summer, and went to...

  • When We Live For Him


    by Sherley Vo Growing up, my parents always made sure that we knew they loved us and were proud of us, and I made the effort to keep it that way. My parents were faithful so naturally, I grew up in the church community and was very involved, and so were my closest friends. This pleased my parents and I developed the reputation as the good Catholic girl who did all things “church”. So, when I moved to Ottawa for university, I wanted to find a church and continue to be involved. But, I quickly became immersed in the university life: going to class, studying, joining clubs, and partying. My...

Missionary Highlight

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Dan Freeman

I have seen many lives transformed in my time with CCO, but the most profound change happened to a young man named Steve (made up name). He was, as he described himself, "a militant and belligerent atheist," seeking to undermine...

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John Hickey

My highlight of my career as a CCO missionary was leading the Impact 2012 mission in Halifax. Through that mission, the Lord brought me into a new confidence in Him that I've never experienced before. I also was blown away...

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Jeremy Rude

There are hundreds of moments I could share as highlights - by far the biggest highlight is seeing the lives of university students changed as they encounter the freeing Truth of the Gospel of Jesus. It is amazing to see...

Articles from CCO's, Grapevine Newsletter

CCO invites youth to relationship with Christ

This relationship with Jesus Christ is what people are seeking in their lives. Awareness of this inspires CCO to do what is necessary to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel. This message includes the truth of the relationship that God wants to have with us.

Annual dinner brings hope and humour to Kingston

The Saint John Fisher Dinner is named in honour of a great man of letters for his courageous defence of marriage and his martyrdom under Henry VIII. The dinner supports the work of our Newman House Catholic chaplaincy at Queen’s University and the missionaries of Catholic Christian Outreach who are an essential part of our mission...”

Archdiocese ends search for evangelization tools

At Catholic Christian Outreach, we work primarily with university students. It is not uncommon for people to ask us, “What about everyone else? Why don’t you run faith studies at parishes as well?” Two years ago, Kyle Neilson, the director of the Office of Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, entered this discussion with exciting results...

‘I can’t believe you caught that moment’

Rob Scott is a young Catholic man who happens to be a tattoo artist. He wears a leather jacket, has a full beard, and talks openly about his love for Jesus and Eucharistic Adoration. He spent the summer in Victoria, B.C., on CCO’s Impact mission, participating in outreach activities with 26 other young adults.

Standing for Christ

An incredible opportunity faced me during last year’s CCO fall retreat: a summer mission. The words “Africa” and “mission” stirred something new inside my heart that I could not explain. I started to consider the possibility of entering into this adventure.