TOTUS TUUS is a fun and energetic parish-based summer youth program for both grade school children (rising grades 1-6) and junior and senior high school youth (rising grades 7-12). TOTUS TUUS, Latin for “Totally Yours,” was the papal motto of our beloved Saint John Paul II. It represents our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus Christ through the hands of His Immaculate Mother. TOTUS TUUS reminds us of the call to give ourselves to Christ through the intercession of His Mother, and to preach the gospel to all nations.
The program is run by qualified college students and Nashville seminarians who travel to parishes in teams of four – two men and two women. The focus is on imparting an understanding and love of Jesus in the Eucharist, devotion to Mary, effective catechesis, vocational awareness and an all-around fun experience. Over the past two decades, TOTUS TUUS has succeeded in reaching out to youth all over the country in order to help them know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. The result has been the formation of young adults who continue to dedicate themselves to the Church’s mission of evangelization.