Catholic Christian Outreach

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Catholic Christian Outreach Canada (CCO) is a group of Catholics who do missionary work at universities in Canada. They try to teach students three things:[1]

  • How to have a close friendship with Jesus
  • How to be good Catholics
  • How to be leaders and missionaries.

History[change | change source]

André and Angèle Regnier started CCO in 1988 at the University of Saskatchewan. The Regniers were part of an Evangelical Protestant group called Campus Crusade for Christ. They saw that other people in this group were excited about being Christians. They wanted Catholics to be excited about their religion too. They found a group of Catholics called the Catholic Charismatic Renewal who were already trying to do this. This group showed them how to get Catholics to be excited about their religion. The Regniers and their parish priest started CCO so that they could teach university students at the University of Saskatchewan about their religion and how to teach others about it too.[2]

Expansion of CCO[change | change source]

CCO began with only four missionaries at the University of Saskatchewan. As of August 2013, it had more than 70 missionaries at eleven universities.[3] CCO plans to start doing missionary work on 20 new universities between 2008 and 2028.[4]

Year University City
1988 University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1994 University of Regina[*] Regina, Saskatchewan
1997 Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario
1998 Simon Fraser University Vancouver, British Columbia
2000 University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario
2003 Douglas College[*] Vancouver, British Columbia
2004 Capilano College[*] Vancouver, British Columbia
2004 Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia
2007 Queen's University Kingston, Ontario
2008 University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia
2009 Laval University[*] Quebec City, Quebec
2010 University of Calgary Calgary, Alberta
2010 Saint Mary's University Halifax, Nova Scotia
2013 Ryerson University Toronto, Ontario
2014 University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia
2014 Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta
2015 Memorial University St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
2016 Concordia University Montreal, Quebec
2017 University of Winnipeg Winnipeg, Manitoba
2018 Trent University Peterborough, Ontario

* CCO does not work at these universities any more.

Rise Up[change | change source]

CCO runs a conference called "Rise Up" every year. It is one of the largest conferences for young Catholics in Canada. The largest Rise Up was in Ottawa in 2013. There were 850 people there.[5]

The conference happens every year from December 28 to January 1. At Rise Up, there are presentations, workshops, songs, prayers in front of the Eucharist, confession, and a big dinner and dance on New Year's Eve.[6] 

CCO runs Rise Up because they want people to become closer to Jesus. They also want to help people become excited about telling other people about their religion.[7]

Mission Projects[change | change source]

CCO runs many missions. Some of them are in Canada and some of them are in other countries. CCO often sends students and missionaries to World Youth Day.

IMPACT Canada[change | change source]

There is a mission that happens every year called IMPACT. Students from across Canada go to one city for a summer of missionary work. They live together and work in teams at various parishes, where they lead faith studies and run retreats and special events.[8] IMPACT also has a weekly event called Cornerstone that involves skits, songs, testimonies, and Catholic teaching,[9] a Courageous Catholic program that teaches people how to share their faith, and a monthly Summit event involving songs, prayers in front of the Eucharist, and confession.[8]

IMPACT has happened in the following 
Year City
2002 Ottawa, Ontario
2004 Halifax, Nova Scotia
2007 Vancouver, British Columbia
2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2010 Calgary, Alberta
2011 Ottawa, Ontario
2012 Halifax, Nova Scotia
2014 Victoria, British Columbia
2015 Vancouver, British Columbia
2018 Vancouver, British Columbia

Methods and Materials[change | change source]

Students involved with CCO lead and attend weekly faith studies at the university. These faith studies help students learn more about their religion and how they can live it out. The studies are based on the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other Christian writings. They also use many analogies, a way of explaining things simply. There are five studies called Discovery, Source, Growth, Obedience, and Commission.

CCO wrote a small book The Ultimate Relationship to teach people the basic parts of the Christian religion.

References[change | change source]

  1. O'Reilly, Pierre. "What is CCO Canada?" (PDF). Companions of the Cross, spring 2002. Companions of the Cross. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  2. Scalisi, Patrick (December 2008). "Higher Learning, Higher Power" (PDF). Columbia Magazine: 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  3. Gyapong, Deborah (2010-09-06). "Activate the Holy Spirit's spiritual gifts". Western Catholic Reporter. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  4. Girard, Carolyn (2008-11-10). "20 years of mission for Catholic Christian Outreach". The Catholic Register. Retrieved 2015-02-25.[permanent dead link]
  5. Gyapong, Deborah (2014-01-08). "Nun's witness sends students scrambling to confessionals". Western Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  6. Brown, Emma (2012-12-14). "Youth 'Rise Up' to party in two cities". The Catholic Register. Archived from the original on 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  7. Yaworski, Kiply Lukan (2013-01-14). "Young Catholics 'Rise Up' in two locations". The B.C. Catholic. Archived from the original on 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Yaworski, Kiply Lukan (2009-05-27). "Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) returns to city of its birth for summer Impact 2009 mission: diocese welcomes 60 young missionaries" (PDF). News Archive: Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  9. Groot, Christina (September 2007). "Catholic initiative has national IMPACT!". CanadianChristianity. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2012.

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