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Week of January 13, 2003
Outreach taps into youths’ spirit
Catholic Christian Outreach builds on WYD experience
By GLEN ARGAN
“The move back to Christ is really happening.”
- Cameron MacDonald
“We believe that this group represents some of the finest young Catholics in the country,” said chief organizer Andre Regnier of Ottawa. “They have an apostolic heart.”
He might be right. CCO has fewer than 400 members at universities in only four Canadian cities – Saskatoon, Regina, Ottawa and Vancouver.
The organization has no plans to expand to Edmonton – “Stuff is happening here already,” says Regnier.
“The purpose of this conference is to build off the World Youth Day experience,” he said.
For WYD to have an impact across Canada, pilgrims needed to gather so they can grow in their leadership and apostolic abilities.
“These students will go back to their campuses and will have an impact in whatever ministry they’re involved in.”
Local students were awed by the conference.
Karen Lema said, “It’s really powerful to have a follow-up like this after World Youth Day and to see what the pope is calling us to.”
“It’s awesome!” said Cameron MacDonald. “The move back to Christ is really happening.” World Youth Day “is not over,” said Tammy Murza. “This conference just reminded us to keep it going, keep it going.”
And Michael Popek said, “They’re equipping us to go out and re-evangelize Canada.”
Certainly lives are being changed. Amy Peloso says at last year’s conference, while praying in Eucharistic Adoration, she came to understand “there’s no life offered outside the life God offers.”
A biochemistry student, she now sees her future in mission and evangelization. “The most satisfied I get is to see people experience Jesus for the first time.”
Her own experience provides the impetus. “A year ago my life was shattered. Then God just plucked me up from all the sin in my life.”
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