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  • Burning Desire Revealed


    By: Adriana Viale. My four year undergrad was spent at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.  There was no CCO presence on my campus, but there was a catholic student community that was fairly active.  Even though the closest CCO campus was two hours away in Halifax, a few students had managed to get involved by participating in the summer Impact missions throughout the years. The summer after my second year of university I was part of the Impact 2012 mission in Halifax.  Going into the mission, I had a very clear understanding of what my faith was all about, but the idea of sharing what I believed with...

  • Discovering the God Who Draws Near to Us

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    by Alisa Valks Although I grew up in a Catholic household, I would say that eight months ago God seemed untouchable to me.  I believed that someone had to be perfect to have access to Him. This lead me to believe that when I left church, I left my faith and my religion there too. I began university this past September, and signed up for a faith study with CCO. They told me that God wanted a relationship with me. They told me that God loved me so much that he became human to be with me. They told me that he died for me so that I could be...

  • Teaching His Love


    By: Stephanie Dresch. I have always wanted to be a teacher. Growing up, there were a few teachers that I looked up to greatly and each of them had one thing in common: they had a huge impact on their students’ lives. These teachers not only taught the curriculum, but they taught what it meant for one to follow their passion. I looked up to these teachers; I wanted to be like them, I wanted to really impact my students. I was accepted into the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University and I thought that my dreams were coming true! In 5 short years, I would have my teaching degree...

Missionary Highlight

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Annie Flaherty

This past year, my housemate Colleen Dugan, who has been away from her faith for a number of years, agreed to take the CCO Discovery faith study. She has since told me that the study has changed her life, the...

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Lorne Stang

It is a the greatest privilege for a campus missionary to see Christ act so decisively and recognizably in the students' lives. I have seen students become a new person in Christ. I have seen a light come on in...

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Michael Hall

I have often said that as a CCO missionary we will see more conversions happen in a week than many people will get to see in a lifetime. There is no greater joy than meeting with a student and seeing...

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.