Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) is a Canadian university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge young adults to live in the fullness of the Catholic faith, placing a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world. Our founders André and Angèle Regnier started CCO in 1988 with only a handful of students at the University of Saskatchewan. It has since grown to serve thousands of students on campuses across Canada. CCO strives to equip our missionaries to proclaim Jesus Christ with clarity and simplicity. We teach them basic theological principles to be well formed and to help form others. We have developed effective materials and methods through decades of campus outreach and we train our missionaries in the use of all these resources.
CCO founders André & Angèle Regnier
Our Strategy: The Three Pillars The three pillars of CCO are to proclaim, equip, and commission. It is our belief that a clear and simple proclamation of the Good News of Jesus is urgently needed in the world, even among Catholics; this is the mandate of the new evangelization. Having proclaimed the Gospel, we then seek to equip those who have experienced conversion with the necessary skills to evangelize others. Our method is one that co-operates with the Holy Spirit in hope that supporters and friends will internalize and put into action the great task Jesus gave his disciples, to ‘go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Our goal is not just to share the message of Jesus, but to spread his mission. This mission is to form apostles—believers who, through the empowerment and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, send others to proclaim the message.
The 5 Tenets
CCO was founded on ﬁve tenets. These are the powerful truths about our speciﬁc charism as revealed by the Holy Spirit in the early years of the movement. Over the years, these essential tenets have been used to direct our ministry and form our missionary calls. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
PROCLAIM JESUS CHRIST, CLEARLY & SIMPLY
We believe that university students are the most strategic age group to reach with the Gospel. At a time when young people are making decisions that shape the course of their lives, we have the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus and form them as leaders who will renew the world.
When people encounter Jesus in a real and personal way, they become ﬁlled with zeal to live as Catholics.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS We are convinced that God will do more than can be asked or imagined. God has done such great things in our midst, and we have so much hope for what He can do in and through us. We trust in His faithfulness and live out of a disposition of great expectation for what He will do through our abandonment to His will.
ONE PERSON AT A TIME By investing in each individual through personal ministry and discipleship, our hope is that when students leave university they will have truly been built up as leaders with a ﬁrm relationship with Jesus and living by the power of the Holy Spirit. A HEART FOR THE WORLD Although we may not be missionaries primarily in foreign countries, our heart and concern is for all people to be saved by Christ. We impart a vision to have an impact on the whole world.
CCO Missions are a response to one of our movement’s tenets—“Heart for the World”. When somebody encounters Christ, the natural response is a desire to share Him with others. This often starts close to home, then broadens to the entire world. We send mission teams throughout Canada and around the world. For participants, this experience fosters commitment, zeal, and the prayer life necessary to be a missionary disciple. Our mission teams aim to share Christ with the people we meet on missions and to build them up as missionary disciples. We hope that these missionary disciples continue to proclaim Christ in their community.
The goals of CCO Missions:
To equip mission participants to engage in spiritual conversations, share the Ultimate Relationship booklet (UR), and share their 3 minute personal testimony
To deepen the faith life of participants; for them and become men and women of prayer, and to grow a heart for souls and evangelization
To provide tangible opportunities for participants to be the hands and feet of Christ, trained in evangelization
To be a catalyst of evangelization in the mission location; both sharing the Gospel and training the locals how to do the same
We are always exploring opportunities to partner in mission with various ministries, dioceses, chaplaincies, etc. around the world. If you are interested in partnering with CCO on a mission trip, please contact our Director of Missions to inquire.
CCO Missions Jackie O’Donnell, Director 1-613-736-1999 ext. 266 email@example.com
Spiritual Multiplication “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a) Our approach to our work on campus and on missions alike incorporates a multiplication model of ministry. The apostles, trained by Jesus, knew that evangelization alone was not enough; they needed to equip others. If we want to reach the world with the Gospel, we must go beyond conversion: we need to build multiplying disciples. We must pass on the message and the mission. We welcome opportunities to proclaim the Gospel to large groups. However, we emphasize training and equipping small groups of leaders who will then be able to form others into missionary disciples. This will look different depending on the mission’s type and length. See the mission type descriptions for more information.
Typical aspects of CCO Missions Initial conversations between a mission location host and CCO should begin 10-16 months before a mission takes place. CCO’s aim is to have our mission trips conﬁrmed in August of the year prior to when they will take place.
The missions typically take place either in: Mid-February: students have a one-week break from school (type 1 mission) The beginning of May until mid-August: students have summer break (type 1, 2 or 3 mission)
CCO Missions are uniquely built in collaboration with our partners in each mission location. The following pages outline what each type of mission could include. Please contact us regarding mission opportunities outside of the typical timeframes.
Witness: building the relationship
Mission Type 1: WITNESS This type of mission would be characterized by consistent and frequent proclamation of the Gospel message—the Kerygma—while also building relationships based on trust. The primary tool we use for sharing the Gospel is the Ultimate Relationship (UR) booklet.
Features of this type of mission:
Primary goal is to evangelize and share the Kerygma through a combination of one-on-one conversations, large group presentations and/or mass distribution of the UR booklet CCO mission participants will be trained to be proﬁcient in sharing both the UR and their personal testimony CCO mission participants will be encouraged to engage in spiritual conversations and share the Kerygma in all circumstances including: Works of charity/service Participating in the host country’s cultural events & sites Diocesan outreach events and programs Parish events Can lead to future mission opportunities with CCO Typical mission length: 1 - 2½ weeks
“The students show up on mission equipped and ready to share their testimonies, share their faith, and step into the lives of the poor. On university campuses CCO missionaries initiated conversations with Mexican students and related the Gospel message to their lives. These students from Canada brought the light of Christ into the lives of the poor in ways I've never seen on a mission trip. I cannot wait for the next CCO mission to come to Mexico City to pour into the lives of university students and value the poor.” - Craig Johring, Hope Of The Poor, Mexico City
Mission Type 2: PROCLAIM This type of mission would be characterized by consistent and frequent proclamation of the Gospel message—the Kerygma—while also building relationships based on trust. Longer than a Witness type mission, Proclaim allows time for use of the UR booklet and our faith studies.
Primary goal is to evangelize and share the Kerygma (as in mission type 1), and offer formation through the Discovery study (the ﬁrst in our series) which can be used as a tool beyond the duration of the mission CCO Mission participants trained to be proﬁcient in sharing the UR, sharing their personal testimony and in leading Discovery CCO mission participants will be encouraged to engage in spiritual conversation and share the Kerygma in all circumstances including: Works of charity/service Participating in the host country’s cultural events & sites Diocesan outreach events and programs Parish initiatives; i.e. parish missions and/or door-to-door ministry Schools (Universities, high schools, etc.) Can lead to future mission opportunities with CCO Typical mission length: 2½ - 4 weeks
“We encountered the CCO team at WYD and were impressed by how authentically and readily they shared their faith. We are glad we invited them to come and train us, especially our 25 students, as the Discovery study has helped them build solid foundations to their faith. I also liked that they personally challenged the students to have a relationship with the Lord. Finally, CCO modeled how to coach and disciple others, reminding us of our deepest identity to be evangelizers!“ - Deacon Adrian Ng, Diocese of Melaka-Johor, Malaysia
Proclaim: introducing Jesus
Features of this type of mission:
Multiply: forming missionaries
Mission Type 3: MULTIPLY This type of mission would be characterized by accompaniment of a small group of key leaders, by our mission team, who can be formed as multiplying missionaries and as a catalyst for a multiplying movement. It is followed by a commitment from our mission partner to continue with CCO Connect, our coaching program for parishes and university ministries.
Features of this type of mission:
Preceded by a type 1 or 2 mission Primary goal is to form a small group of people as leaders; catalysing or enhancing a multiplying movement such as a campus ministry or evangelization within a parish. Training provided in the use of our methods and materials, particularly the Discovery and Commission faith studies CCO mission participants trained to be proﬁcient in sharing the UR, sharing their personal testimony, and in leading CCO’s faith studies CCO mission participants will be encouraged to engage in spiritual conversation and share the Kerygma in all circumstances including all examples listed in mission types 1 and 2 Typical mission length: 3-8 weeks
NOTE: It is essential that the small group of leaders join the CCO team for the duration of the mission in order to be formed and have the opportunity to evangelize alongside the mission team
“CCO Missions have been divine opportunities for many of the Canadian and Ugandan students that have taken part. Students have encountered Christ through the training, prayer, receiving sacraments and in the charity work done. Students have been able to discover their life vocations; beginning a lasting relationship with Christ and a mission in service of the church. Students have been ﬁred up to make a continuous contribution towards the missionary identity of the church.” - Stella Nabukeera, Former Campus Missionary, Uganda
INTENTIONAL ACCOMPANIMENT: INTERNATIONALLY CCO’s main goal is to make a new generation of multiplying missionaries which is accomplished through a model we call Intentional Accompaniment. This refers to walking with a person, helping them become a disciple of Christ and eventually a multiplying missionary.
CCO CONNECT Primary goal: continue ongoing training and accountability of a multiplying ministry such as a parish or university campus. This is characterized by regular (weekly) calls with a CCO staff member and site visits and is typically a one year commitment. CCO Connect is currently tailored to run in either a parish or university campus setting.
MULTIPLY Primary goal: form a small group of people as leaders; catalysing or enhancing a multiplying ministry such as a university campus or parish. Training provided in CCO methods and materials, particularly the Discovery and Commission faith studies.
Commitment to lead a multiplying ministry through CCO’s methods
PROCLAIM Primary goal: share the Kerygma using the Ultimate Relationship and offer formation through the Discovery faith study
The majority of our missions will fall under the Witness and Proclaim mission types and can be repeated multiple times.
Primary goal: share the Kerygma clearly and simply through a combination of one-on-one conversations, large-group presentations and/or mass distribution of the Ultimate Relationship booklet
This model can be applied to missions as we accompany our mission partners; using missions as a tool to catalyse a multiplying ministry. A Multiply type mission must be followed by a commitment to ongoing support through our CCO Connect program to be most effective. Out of our tenet of “A Heart for the World” comes our desire to help ministries, parishes and universities ﬂourish. We look forward to the possibility of working with you!
The UR is currently available in: THE ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIP (UR) provides a clear and easy way to share the Gospel message in a convenient pocket-sized booklet.
THE CCO FAITH STUDY SERIES is a collection of helpful resources to clearly and simply explain truths and principles for living the Catholic faith. Each lesson integrates Scripture and Church teachings in its small group discussions.
English, French, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, Portuguese, German, Polish, Arabic, Chinese (simpliﬁed & traditional), Russian, Ukrainian and Hungarian The faith studies are available in English and French with some also available in Spanish and Chinese
Level 1—Discovery: Jesus is the indispensable message of the Christian faith Level 2—Source: The Holy Spirit makes a difference in our faith life Level 3—Growth: Essential elements for spiritual growth Level 4—Obedience: Practical lessons on surrender and trust in God Level 5—Commission: Motivation to spread the message and mission of Christ
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