Catholic Christian Outreach

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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.

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  • They Didn’t Even Eat my Salad

    They Didnt Even Eat my Salad (Blog) 2

    By Eric Myatt Last fall I invited over a dozen people to a program at my parish designed to reach those who don’t go to church. I was psyched to give people I know who have wandered away from faith a chance to have another look at life’s big questions. I invited with great expectations that God was going to do something incredible. I was ready to see some serious evangelistic fruit! I’m a missionary! Woo! No one I invited came. Not one. Zero people. Pas de personnes. Adding insult to injury, when it was my week to chip in on the potluck, the salad I brought was the only...

  • One Good Reason To Be Distracted At Mass


    A few weeks back I found myself at Sunday mass without my wife and four kids. It worked out better for the family that we go at different Mass times. It was a rare treat to be in the pew without the distraction of kids and I was ready to enter into deep prayer. But that’s not how things worked out. I ended up distracted by other things.I noticed that the choir was at times out of tune. I saw that the congregation had a glazed look of disinterest during the priest’s homily. I began to think about how the choir and the priest might do things different. Things could...

  • I Thought I Was Doing What the Pope Wanted, Until I Read This

    Proceed With Caution - State Farm

    by Eric Myatt Recently Catholic Christian Outreach developed a new 10-year plan. We’re hoping that all our staff, students, alumni, and benefactors can be a part of it. The headline reads: “Be protagonists in the mission of proclaiming Jesus clearly and simply.” After the big reveal, it was talked about, shared, tweeted, and posted. It was out there. A couple weeks later I read a protagonists quote from Pope Francis. The quote made me take a deep breath, swallow the lump in my throat, and consider becoming a hermit: “We should not boast as if we were the protagonists: there is only one protagonist, it is the Lord! The Lord’s...

Missionary Highlight

Missionary Highlight

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Melissa Westgeest

There are so many highlights it is hard to pick just one! I love my team, I love the mission of CCO, and I love how my call has grown my own personal relationship with Jesus. However the greatest highlight...

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Melissa Cachia

Even though I haven't started working for CCO yet, I was involved with the organization for a couple of years during university. While I was a student, I learned how to lead faith studies and share the Ultimate Relationship Guide....

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Michelle Buissé

I have had many opportunities to witness God do amazing things in peoples' lives. By far, my favourite part of my job is leading Discovery. I have seen more people come to know the Lord in a personal way through...

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.