Parish Registrations are nowopen!
12-19: St. Isidore the Farmer, Dieterich | St. Mary, Paris
19-26: 2 sessions available
26-July 3: Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, Mt. Zion | 1 session available
10-17: St. Mary, Alton | Holy Family, Granite City
17-24: St. John the Evangelist, Carrollton | St. Katharine Drexel, Springfield
24-31: St. Cecilia, Glen Carbon | 1 session available
Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic Faith through evangelization (sharing Jesus Christ), catechesis (teaching about Jesus Christ), Christian witness (showing the impact of Jesus Christ) and Eucharistic worship (encountering Jesus Christ). Our week-long Program assists parents and parishes by supplementing the work they are currently doing with and for their youth.
The mission of Totus Tuus is to inspire in young people a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for daily conversion and an openness to their vocation. This is done by challenging the youth to give themselves entirely to Christ through Mary and and continually strengthen their prayer lives in imitation of Her.
Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “Totally Yours,” was the motto of Saint John Paul II. Taken from St. Louis de Montfort’s “’True Devotion to Mary” phrase, it signifies our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus Christ through Mary. It also expresses our effort to give our all to every young person we encounter. Through the teams’ example of joy and service, the youth see that these men and women are on fire with the Catholic Faith and long for the same thing in their lives.
Totus Tuus calls upon college students and seminarians from across the United States to carry this mission to every young person they encounter. These young men and women are hired for their energy, enthusiasm, love of the Faith, commitment to spiritual growth, ability to work with a team and a desire to work with youth.
Teams of four travel to a different parish each week, hosting a five day catechetical program for grades 1-12, similar to “vacation Bible school." The week is filled with faith, fun and friendship. There are messy games and crazy skits, in addition to prayer, learning, and Sacraments. Our college-age teachers provide an authentic witness to the students.
Want Totus Tuus at Your Parish?
You can begin by reading the parish manual. Some details regarding topics, schedules, locations, etc... change each year, but this will give you a good idea of what you can expect regarding preparing for and hosting a Totus Tuus program. If you have any remaining questions feel free to contact us in the Youth Ministry office for assistance. When you are ready, you can fill out the registration form for your parish.
2021 Available Weeks: June 12-19, June 19-26, June 26-July 3, July 10-17, July 17-24, July 24-31
Interested in joining the Totus Tuus staff?
You can begin by reading a recent Team Member manual. Some details regarding topics, schedules, locations, etc... change each year, but this will give you a good idea of what will be expected from you. If you have any remaining questions feel free to contact us in the Youth Ministry office for assistance. When you are ready, you can fill out the online application. Please allow about 15-30 minutes to complete.