Due to COVID-19, on-site Totus Tuus has been cancelled for summer 2020. Throughout the summer, our seminarians will be producing videos of fun, educational content that you’ll be able to share with your families. Totus Tuus will be back in Summer 2021!
WHAT IS TOTUS TUUS?
Totus Tuus is a summer catechetical program with an emphasis on vocations. The phrase “totus tuus” means “totally yours” and was the Marian motto of Pope Saint John Paul II.
Totus Tuus was started in 1987 in rural Kansas where many youth in rural parishes were getting no CCD in the summer. A seminarian, (now priest) named Bernie Jorges was asked to go and teach them in the summer. What started as one man’s generous work soon grew into a large task and he had to hire college students to help him teach the kids. Eventually, it became a formal program called Totus Tuus. It spread from the Diocese of Wichita and is now present in a majority of the dioceses in the interior United States.
Why Totus Tuus?
Totus Tuus offers youth a summer program with a strong Catholic identity that will inspire them in their faith. It is a grand tour through all things Catholic, from the Rosary to the Saints to Adoration. It also has a strong focus on vocational discernment in which the team will encourage the youth to consider their vocation. There are many fun activities for the youth to have a good time at Totus Tuus. You name it, Totus Tuus has it.
How does it work?
The Totus Tuus team (consisting of four Catholic college students, two men and two women) spend a week in a parish teaching the youth. They arrive on a Saturday and speak at all the Masses promoting Totus Tuus. They would teach all age groups (from 1st grade to 12th grade) starting Sunday night and going until Friday. The ideal time range would be 9am-3pm for 1st-6th grade youth and 7:00pm-9:00pm for 7th-12th grade youth with flexibility to fit each parish’s needs.
How is Totus Tuus different from Vacation Bible School?
Totus Tuus is similar to Vacation Bible School in that both are summer day camp programs for children that teach the Faith. However, there are several differences. Totus Tuus is taught by a team of four college students who spend a summer traveling around a diocese.
Totus Tuus has a Grade School program during the day and a Junior/Senior High program in the evening. In Totus Tuus, there is a special emphasis on Marian devotion, the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation, and most especially, vocational discernment.
Sounds great! Now what?
Parishes with the approval of their pastor can ask for Totus Tuus to come for a week in the summer when it best fits their needs. Please complete the registration form here and send the deposit of $200 to the Office of Vocations, Attn. Totus Tuus. The $300 balance will be invoiced after the week concludes in your parish.
- Facilities: 3-4 classrooms, one gathering space, church access
- Snacks for the youth (plus 1 picnic)
- Housing and meals for the team (one house each for men and women)
- Volunteers to help watch the children in the classroom and group activities
We also ask that each parish have a coordinator/contact person to help with the details in each parish. The pastor or another priest should be available throughout the week for Mass and other devotions if possible.
If you are interested in bringing Totus Tuus to your parish this summer and would like additional information, please call the Office of Vocations at (563) 888-4378 or email: email@example.com
A Day in the Life Of Totus Tuus
Elementary School Program
9:00-9:20 a.m. Opening Prayer, Songs and Skits
9:20-10:00 a.m. Class Period #1
10:00-10:15 a.m. Restroom Break OR Snack Break
10:15-10:45 a.m. Class Period #2
10:45-11:05 a.m. Music Preparation for Mass
11:05-11:25 a.m. Mass Preparation
11:05-11:25 a.m. Individual Classes to Confession
11:30 a.m. Mass
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch and Recess
1:00-1:15 p.m. Cool Down-Water Break
1:15-1:50 p.m. Class Period #3
1:50-2:10 p.m. Restroom Break OR Snack Break
2:10-2:40 p.m. Class Period #4
2:40-3:00 p.m. Gather, Review and Closing Prayer
3:00 p.m. Dismissal
Junior and Senior High Program
7:00-7:15p.m. Introduction and IceBreakers
7:15-7:45 p.m. Session #1
7:45-8:15p.m. Session #2
8:15-8:30p.m. Snack Break
8:30-9:00 p.m. Session #3
9:00-9:15 p.m. Night Prayer (Compline)
9:15 p.m. Dismissal
Totus Tuus missionaries are…
Committed to Christ and the Program’s Mission
Totus Tuus missionaries are faith-filled college students and seminarians who are willing to give themselves to Christ and His Church for the summer by preaching the Gospel to children and teenagers. Totus Tuus missionaries commit to traveling in a four-person team, teaching, evangelizing and spreading the gospel throughout parishes for six weeks. Missionaries complete two weeks of training around the curriculum of the program and have a break during the week of the July 4 holiday.
“Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to Him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.” Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at the 2005 World Youth Day Closing Mass.
Dedicated to Shaping the Lives of the Youth They Encounter
Today’s youth are hungry for a greater understanding of the truth contained in sacred scripture and tradition, as guided by the Magisterium. The youth in the Totus Tuus program not only seek role models, but heroes who strive to live and proclaim, “Lord, I will be totally yours”. With joy and honor, Totus Tuus teams serve youth by sharing the gifts God has given to them.
Become a Missionary
Young adult missionaries must be practicing Catholics, confirmed and faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium. In addition, missionaries must be willing to live in a community of other team members, and be committed to a personal and communal prayer life, equipped to make sacrifices through a rigorous daily schedule and be prepared to have fun. The program provides housing, a $300/wk stipend and meals and lodging for all missionaries. May 31-July 31 is the required commitment. July 4-10 is off.
For questions, please contact Colleen Darland, 563-888-4378. Applications are available below, due May 1st. Please feel free to make copies and give out to other young adults you think would be willing to consider being a Totus Tuus teacher this summer. Past teachers consider this missionary work of catechizing and evangelizing the youth to be one of the most difficult but also one of the most rewarding summers of their life. We look forward to having you on our teams!