Faith Studies

The 2015 winter semester faith study leaders pose for a photograph (photo credit unknown)
The 2015 winter semester faith study leaders pose for a photograph (photo credit unknown)

Do you have questions about your faith? Are you looking to make God more relevant in your life? Would it be helpful to have useful tools with which to present the Gospel message clearly and simply in any situation?

Faith studies are small groups of students that meet once a week over the course of 6 weeks during the semester to learn about the Catholic faith using specially prepared study guides from Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO). The CCO faith study program consists of five levels: Discovery, Source, Growth, Obedience, and Commission. Groups meet at the Newman Centre or elsewhere on the McGill campus, and are scheduled based on the availability of each member. They are open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Each study contains materials that reference Scripture verses from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other Christian writings. The studies are intended to fuel discussion in a comfortable, small-group setting. They are led by a trained student guide.

Frequently asked questions

How do I sign up?

Please email the VP Spiritual at and we will get back to you to coordinate.

I’m not Catholic, can I still take a faith study?

Yes! Non-Catholics just interested in learning about what Catholicism is all about are most welcome! The first study, Discovery, presents the basic Gospel message in a clear and simple way, so you shouldn’t find yourself “over your head” or out of place if you have never studied the Christian faith before.

Where and when do you meet?

We will be meeting at the Newman Centre (3484 Peel Street). The “when” will depend on your availability! We take everyone’s schedules and then build the groups so they are at times when everyone can participate.

I am at Concordia/UdeM/UQAM/Dawson/working/am older etc. Can I still take a faith study?

Yes! You are always welcome to do a faith study with us. If you are worried about being older/not a student/not at McGill, we actually often have a few groups branching out to other areas of the city, plus often groups that are just grad students, recent graduates, or working people. So send us an email and we’ll get you set up.

NEW: As of Fall 2014, faith studies for men and women are available at Concordia’s downtown campus!

Are there faith studies in French? Est-ce qu’il y a des études de foi en française?

Oui! Nous avons juste eu notre première étude de foi française cette année et nous espérons qu’il y aura plus bientôt. Alors, si vous voulez prendre une étude de foi en français, envoyez-nous un e-mail.

Why are the groups split by gender? 

Here in Montreal (and at most campuses with faith study programs), our faith study groups are gender-specific, so your group will be all guys or all girls. We do this because often it is easier to speak freely and create close friendships among those of the same gender, especially when dealing with sensitive issues like chastity or vocations. It’s not a hard and fast rule that groups must be gender-specific, but we find it works well here.

I’d like to do a faith study with a group of friends, roommates, etc. Is this possible? 

Absolutely! Indeed, this is encouraged! If you think your friends would enjoy doing a faith study, please contact us and we can get you set up with training and study guides. Take a look at this website as well.

I’m already a practicing Catholic – what does a faith study have to offer me?

Faith studies are an opportunity for practicing Catholics to delve deeper into their faith! They are also a great way to learn how to explain the Gospel clearly and simply to their friends, family and colleagues.

I’d like to skip Discovery and go straight into the later studies (Source, Growth, etc.). Is this possible?

We sometimes have practicing Catholics asking if they can skip Discovery, because they find it basic or simple. But we nonetheless ask that everyone take Discovery first for several reasons.

First, we can’t assume that just because someone is a practicing Catholic they have heard the basic Gospel message or have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s easy to assume this, but Discovery is often revolutionary for those who thought they had the “Christian thing” figured out! You never know what you may learn from your fellow participants, or even what you have to teach them.

Second, Discovery is a great way to learn how to articulate your faith and answer the question of why you believe what you do. This is a crucial stepping stone to future opportunities for evangelization and personal growth. So give Discovery a try!