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Calgary, Carleton, CCO, Culture, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, U.B.C. -

Today was the thanksgiving mass for St. Kateri (properly pronounced CAT er ee). I was struck by the sight of so many Bishops of Canada, and Cardinal Collins gathered around the altar at St. John Lateran (a major Basilica of Rome ) to celebrate with joy and pride the holiness of this young aboriginal woman. Could she have ever imagined such a crowning to her life of faith? Never. I tell people that CCO finds a friend in her, because she is a Canadian college-aged Saint, in fact the only Canadian college-aged saint. The mass also reminded me of my...

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Calgary, Carleton, CCO, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, U.B.C. -

In the fall of 2004 an idea for the Rise UP commissioning night came to mind.  “Let’s write a letter to Pope John Paul II and get everyone at the conference to sign it.”  Subsequent to this, other ideas came to mind.  When it was finally decided to stick with the letter and signatures, we almost quit on it because it was hard to find a printer that would print the large document.  In the end, we found a printer and the commissioning night happened just as we planned.  However, the events that followed went way beyond even our greatest expectation....

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Calgary, Carleton, CCO, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, U.B.C. -

What if you could build something great, something that would last forever, something that would change the world? A cathedral, a bridge, a monument – something that would help people, serve them or inspire them to greatness! Would you do it? Would you choose to do it every day, whatever the cost? At World Youth Day Toronto in 2002, Blessed John Paul II challenged the young people of the world to rise up as a new generation of builders, who, driven by love for God and His people, would “build, brick by brick, the city of God within the city...

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Calgary, Carleton, CCO, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, Student Leadership, Tools, U.B.C. -

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19 Jesus’ parting command to the disciples in Matthew 28 is to make disciples of all nations. This is a call to look beyond our families, our cities and our countries and ultimately to the ends of the earth.  The disciples’ heart was for the whole world and they were aware that the salvation offered through Christ was for all people. This is a challenging command! There is so much need for evangelization in our own communities that to hope to reach the world may seem too daunting at task, simply unrealistic. How can we...

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Calgary, Carleton, CCO, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, Student Leadership, Tools, U.B.C. -

CCO was founded on five tenets, 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. 1) CCO is an evangelist of the youth: 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...

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