Totus Tuus missionaries are faith-filled college students and seminarians who are willing to give themselves totally to Christ and His Church for the summer, by preaching the Gospel to children and teenagers. Missionaries must be Confirmed, practicing Catholics who are faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium, willing to live in the community of their team, committed to a personal and communal prayer life, prepared to make sacrifices through a rigorous daily schedule, and also ready to witness through fun.

A Totus Tuus missionary has the tremendous privilege and challenge of spreading the Gospel throughout the diocese to youth and young adults. This challenge is accepted with great joy! The teams come to know and love the vitality, faith, and courage of all the youth they encounter. The youth are seeking not just role models, but heroes who are striving to live and proclaim, “Lord, I will be totally yours”. With joy and honor, Totus Tuus teams serve these youth by sharing the gifts that God has given to them.

'Being a Totus Tuus missionary was a truly life changing experience.

The Lord strengthened my faith through the experience and made it evident that it IS possible to change lives while being myself and having a great time. I learned about the faith and gained new skills, and although it was hard work and very humbling, every second was worthwhile.' Daniella, 2013 Missionary

During the summer, almost all expenses (including most meals, lodging, and travel after arrival) are covered. In addition, a modest stipend is provided on an hourly basis for the missionary. Missionaries also experience tremendous personal and spiritual growth over the summer, and develop close bonds with their fellow missionaries from their experience of living in an authentic Christian community. Being a missionary is truly a gift given by the individual, but it is a gift given to the highest cause: missionaries give their summer to Christ.

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Being a Totus Tuus missionary is a gift of self

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Missionary Commitments

 Missionaries commit to a summer of teaching and witnessing as a team to youth and parishioners at a variety of parishes. The 2017 dates are May 28-July 28.
Missionaries are a part of a team, and not just for the work they do. They spend a great deal of time and prayerful effort to come together as a positive, supportive Christian community. Missionaries support one another, work together, have fun together, and witness together to the youth and parish communities.
For grades 1-6, missionaries teach in a classroom and large group setting, performing skits, playing games, and leading music for daily Mass (if applicable).
For grades 7-12, missionaries teach through large group talks, witness talks, small group discussions, fellowship, and games.
Missionaries commit to daily prayer with the community (Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, Chaplet, Mass) and to private prayer as an individual.
Missionaries must be open to their own spiritual growth and vocation discernment.
During the mission weeks, missionaries adhere to a packed schedule. Days begin at 7 a.m. and end around 10 p.m. There are 2 hours of free time in the afternoon which is spent with the team. Missionaries have some time off during the weekends and are also for the week of July 4th.

Missionary Requirements

Teaching Totus Tuus is an opportunity and privilege. Missionaries are faithful, energetic, creative, and zealous Catholic college students and seminarians.

  • Be a confirmed and practicing Catholic
  • Have completed one year of college by May 2017
  • Have a working knowledge of the Catholic faith
  • Have a desire to work with youth
 

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Totus Tuus is a fun and energetic parish-based summer catechetical program, for both grade school age children and junior and senior high school youth.

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