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  • Yes, I Love Technology… But Not As Much As You, You See

    by Scott Roy Kip Dynamite has the right idea when it comes to balancing technology and relationships – something that not everyone has a good handle on (Kip is Napoleon’s brother in the cult classic Napoleon Dynamite). How many times have my wife, Colleen, and I been in a restaurant waiting area surrounded by a crowd of people each with their head down staring at a smartphone? Yes, I love technology! It’s a part of human life, and I’m using it right now to talk to you. No, I don’t prefer it to the persons who need and deserve my attention. Now, before I continue, this is not an article...

  • He Doesn’t Wait For Perfection – He perfects

    by Adriana Viale My name is Adriana and I am not perfect. The more experience I get at failing, the more I have come to realize that it cannot be that way. God knows that we are not perfect because He created us, and He created us human. The cool thing is that in our imperfection, He still calls us and wants us just the way we are. He calls us by name and asks us to give Him everything we have, including our sinful hearts and human qualities. He welcomes us into His family in Baptism. He knew we would fall but He loves us so much that He...

  • Seek and You Will Find

    by Loretta Fritz I am a cradle Catholic: baptized, first communion, confirmation. My family went to church each Sunday. Faith was important. I had an experience of God at my confirmation when I was twelve, but by age eighteen, during Grade 12, I stopped saying the Creed. Much of it I didn’t believe, and I wasn’t going to lie to God by saying it—especially in church! I am of Norwegian descent, and after high school, I went on a student exchange to Norway. No one my age there practiced their Lutheran faith; their parents didn’t either. Some of the grandparents did. The nearest Catholic Church was a ferry ride and...

Missionary Highlight

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Melanie Mahar

I have many highlights I could share! Ultimately, it’s witnessing people coming to place Christ at the centre of their lives and seeing them grow in their call to holiness & mission. One moment, in particular, that stands out was...

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Nicole Germaine

Serving on CCO's summer mission project Impact! Halifax 2012 has been the highlight of my ministry with CCO so far. I saw so many young people deepen their relationship with Christ and grow in their hearts for evangelization. It was...

Jackie O'Donnell

Jackie O’Donnell

In working with CCO for over a decade, I have had so many highlights such as: traveling to different places - Europe, China, and Uganda - and working on campus or leading a mission. But, nothing ever out shines the...

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.”