Totus Tuus

What is Totus Tuus?


The Totus Tuus program aims to inspire young people to long for holiness, develop a deep desire for conversion and personally renew their faith with a stronger prayer life. Through evangelization and catechesis, Totus Tuus seeks to foster openness to the sacrifices and blessings of the various Christian vocations.

The program began in 1987 as a vacation bible school program in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. In 2007, Totus Tuus of Chicago launched its pilot program with two teams serving 10 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. The program continues to expand, now serving over 24 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago.


The Five Pillars of Totus Tuus

The Eucharist: The Eucharist is an integral part of Totus Tuus schedule. Prayer provides the structure, but the celebration of the holy sacrifice of the Mass is the “source and summit” of the daily schedule.

Marian Devotion: Totus Tuus catechists and counselors (missionaries) lead young people of the program to Jesus for a week, however, Mary will lead them to Jesus for a lifetime. Meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, we come to see how Mary always leads us to her Son.

Catechetical Instruction: Totus Tuus instructs young people on the basic tenets of the Catholic faith to cultivate both a firm intellectual grounding and a solid relationship with Jesus. All of our teachings aim to help young people grow in their faith and friendship with Jesus Christ.

Vocation Discernment: Totus Tuus strives to foster Christian vocations by encouraging young people to begin discerning God’s call in their lives. College-aged teachers sign a “covenant” in which they promise to be open to and actively discern God’s will for them. It’s through this, they can help others do the same.

Fun: Totus Tuus demonstrates that one can be a faithful Catholic and still have fun. Morning “pump up," silly skits and songs, recess and water fights at each parish infuse the element of fun into the program.


Summer 2020 Program Information

Day Program (1st-6th Grade)

8 AM Morning Care

9 AM - 2:30 PM Program

Monday, July 27- Friday, July 31

Pope John XXIII School

Evening Program (7th-12th Grade)

7-9 PM Program

Sunday, July 26 - Thursday, July 30

St. Nicholas Parish

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Summer 2020 DocumentS

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