Free shipping on Canadian orders over $50

Builder's Blog RSS

Builder's Blog, Home, Partner -

Today we are so fortunate to have a testimony from a former CCO staff, Marlena Loughheed. Marlena served a Vine year with CCO in 2008 and has since gone on to many new adventures including journalism school, an internship with the Holy See's Mission to the United Nations and is currently working for the Office of Public Relations and Communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto. I was 20 when I decided to take time off from my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa and apply for the Campus VINE program. I was accepted and assigned to work with a...

Read more

Builder's Blog, Partner -

I’m 21 and just graduated from McMaster University. I have an awesome degree – a Bachelor of Arts and Science, with a minor in Philosophy – that allows me to pursue whatever path I wish: med school, law school, grad studies, you name it. Instead, I know with certainty that I am called to dedicate one whole year of my life to working full time as a Catholic missionary: helping university students encounter the profound and intimate love of our Creator. I want every person to experience the relationship with Jesus of Nazareth we are created to be in. I...

Read more

Builder's Blog, Grapevine -

When I entered university, I would have been considered a good Catholic kid who was genuinely trying to live out my faith in a quiet manner while preparing to be a high school history and religion teacher. Four years later, I left university a missionary. In the summer of 2002, I was a part of CCO’s Impact Canada mission to World Youth Day in Toronto. Entering the mission, joining staff with CCO was the furthest thing from my mind. In fact, I had already said no to the invitation to attend staff recruitment sessions. My response was, “I am 100%...

Read more

Builder's Blog, Grapevine -

I always had a desire to change the world. I did a political science degree because I felt knowing how the world works would help me change it. I had serious dreams of winning the Nobel Peace Prize one day. Now, I know that God always knew the great things I would accomplish through him. In my third year as a student at the University of Ottawa, I left my contact information on a survey during mission week, was followed-up, and joined a faith study. It was in the first lesson of this faith study that my life changed and...

Read more

Builder's Blog, Grapevine -

  I always wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I mean always. My grade six teacher used to make fun of me for it. I don’t remember a time when that wasn’t what I was striving for. That is until 2007 when I was finishing a B.A. A few years earlier I had had a profound conversion through members of CCO. I had gone from wondering if God exists to inviting Him to be at the center of my life, and that changed everything I did. So when it came time to apply to teacher’s college, I...

Read more

Tags