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  • Education: A Vital Connection

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    By Derrick Kunz My children see their teachers every weekday more than they see me. Having a teacher that feeds their spiritual thirst and curiosity is not just reassuring, it’s vital to their Catholic upbringing. At meet the teacher night last fall, I knew my daughter was in good hands when I learned her Grade 5 teacher, Curtis Wagner, was a fellow Catholic Christian Outreach alumnus. Wagner’s upbringing could be called typical—good moral home, good Catholic schools. And just as typical was his desire for independence as a young adult. “I wanted to be an actor out of high school,” said Wagner, who studied drama at the University of Saskatchewan...

  • Healing People With His Love


    For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted a career that would “help people.”  Over the course of my lifetime, this vague career goal manifested itself in many different ways. From grade eight until my second year of university; I seriously considered about ten different career paths. By the end of grade 12 it was time for me to choose a path, one that I thought would best help me to “help people”, so I chose to aim high: medical school. Throughout high school, I had rejected my faith and turned to partying and being a high achiever to fill this void. My first year of university was...

  • The Ultimate Relationship: Priests Can Use It Too

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    I learned that CCO would be holding an Impact mission in Calgary when I was serving a pastoral year of internship there as a seminarian in St. Bonaventure Parish. I had first encountered the movement in 2005 through a Rise Up conference, but I had little other knowledge of CCO’s work. Still, I knew enough to begin begging our pastor to consider hosting a team in our parish. He agreed. Impact brought countless blessings to my city, my parish and me that summer. Among them? Exposure to the evangelizing tools that CCO has spent more than 20 years creating and refining. One that stood out was a clever little booklet...

Missionary Highlight

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Katie Lebrun

The highlight of my role is every year at Rise Up; watching students encounter Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration and restoring their relationship with God through the Sacrament of Confession. This part of our conference has a special place in my...

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Carissa Benavides

I love my job. It can seem ordinary to meet up with a gal over coffee at a café, on a bench in the middle of campus or in a study room in the library. But at these meetings, I...

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John Boskill

We have been involved and/or volunteering with CCO in some way for over ten years. I am continually amazed at the quality and dedication of the people inside the organization. They have a deep love for Christ and those around...

Articles from CCO's, Grapevine Newsletter

A Reflection from the Founder

For 25 years it has been clear that the purpose of CCO is the Gospel; to proclaim Jesus as clearly and as simply as possible, so that the hearer would be able to understand and respond. Over the last quarter-century there have been many occasions...

Rock & Roll in Rio

After George Worthen found out he’d be playing with Matt Maher at multiple venues for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, his head was spinning. “I was on a top bunk with only about 1.5 feet of headroom when I found out I’d be playing with Matt Maher, and I was so excited when I got his email that I jumped up and smoked my face on the roof,” he said. “It was pretty bad and I was sore for the rest of the day.”

Thank You Lord for Life

“Thank you Lord for life!” This is a common opening for prayers from Catholic Ugandan students, according to CCO staffer Ben Turland. Turland was part of a CCO delegation that headed to Uganda to help with continuing efforts to train students in evangelization and leadership development.

CCO Moms Know Best

When CCO Founder André Regnier started coming home from the University of Saskatchewan with a bible tucked under his arm, his four siblings knew they had two choices: talk to André about God, or run.

Back to the Future

It will be hard to miss Joël Denis (pronounced Jo-ël Den-ee) at Simon Fraser University this fall. Joël made a name for himself at the CCO National Staff Gathering in Ottawa this August for his retro style, and says he is easing SFU students into his printed shirts as well as the Gospel. “Over the last couple of years Value Village’s polyester shirts have been slim pickings,” jokes Denis. “I think I’m having an effect.”