Totus Tuus is a parish-based summer catechetical program for both grade school age children, and junior and senior high school youth.
Teams of four, two men and two women, 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. Our college-age teachers provide an authentic witness to the students.
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 by the constant challenge to give themselves entirely to Christ through Mary and by continually strengthening their prayer lives in imitation of her.
Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “Totally Yours,” was the motto of Pope 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.
Our MethodTotus 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.
Parish Registration for Totus Tuus Summer 2022
Totus Tuus is a parish-based summer catechetical program for both grade school age children, and junior and senior high school youth. Registration happens through the diocese. Six opportunities are available for parishes to host Totus Tuus in 2022.
If your parish would like to host Totus Tuus, please read the “Parish Coordinator’s Guide” thoroughly. Pastors are required to sign the Parish Participation Confirmation page, located on the last page of the document, as well as the Parish Coordinator. It is strongly recommended that the Pastor and the Totus Tuus Parish Coordinator work collaboratively implementing the program.
Once you have selected a week and have received confirmation from the Diocese, please be sure to read all documents and requirements under the Additional Parish Coordinator Information and Volunteer Information.
Parishes are required to use the Totus Tuus registration forms, provided in both English and Spanish.
If your parish is going to offer a half day, off-site, fun day on the last day, please be sure all chaperones follow the Diocesan Drivers Policy.
Volunteers, 18 years of age and older, must complete the Diocesan Safe Environment requirements. Please CLICK HERE for instructions on completing the Volunteer Application, Safe Haven Online Training and the New Hampshire Background Check. *Please be sure all volunteers complete the NH Background Check at least three weeks prior to the event.
Host Family Information
Host families are required to sign a Host Family Agreement, as well as be in compliance with the Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of Manchester, including successfully completing training on reporting suspected child abuse in accordance with New Hampshire law and also must undergo a criminal background check.