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(217) 698-8500


1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Staff Information

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is looking for young adults to spend the summer serving youth as staff of an exciting catechetical program called Totus Tuus. The Summer 2020 season is from May 31 to July 24 with a break over the Independence Day holiday. Latin for “Totally Yours” that comes from Saint John Paul II’s papal motto, Totus Tuus staff members are asked to be “totally yours” for young people by helping them come closer to Christ through personal witness, Christian presence and catechetical instruction. Training is provided and teams travel throughout the diocese staying with host families in local parishes to present the Totus Tuus program.

The staff who run the Totus Tuus program are college students and seminarians who strive to help young people understand their faith through catechesis in order to live that faith more fully. The staff is trained and sent out in teams of four (two men and two women) to a parish for a week, traveling to different parishes throughout the summer.

The staff are chosen based upon their desire to teach the faith, their love of children, energy and enthusiasm, and for their individual leadership abilities. In order to run a week of Totus Tuus Summer Program smoothly, all staff adhere to a well-defined schedule which has a structured prayer life as its foundation. All of the staff have background checks and comply with diocesan child protection policies.

If you feel called to this ministry or want to learn more about Totus Tuus, please contact Tony Cerveny at (217) 698-8500 x. 156.

Links to the application and job description are now available!!!

  • Staff Application- For new staff and returning staff. Staff who have already served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois do not need to complete the essay questions.
  • Job Description- For all staff, please sign and return a copy of this updated job description with your application.
  • Reference_Form.pdf - For new staff, please have two people who are not family members submit a reference form.  Returning staff do not have to submit references.
  • Team_Member_Personal_Conduct_Policy.pdf - A signed copy should be turned in with any application.