Totus Tuus has been called the “toughest summer that you will ever love.”
Beginning with a week-long walking pilgrimage to Martyrs' Shrine, our missionaries are taken out of their comfort zone and pushed to physical, emotional and spiritual heights, learning to surrender everything to Jesus through Mary with every step they take. At the same time, this pilgrimage provides the missionaries a chance to get to know one another and build strong friendships.
In order to prepare for a full summer of encountering, evangelizing and catechizing, our missionaries undergo extensive training and formation in the five pillars of Totus Tuus:
Missionaries are sent out to parishes in teams of 4 (2 male and 2 female) to run a 5-day summer camp that involves two components: day camp for grades 1-6 and evening program for grades 7-12. They work together to create lesson plans for each day, prepare skits, learn songs, play games, and most importantly, live out their faith in a joyful way for the young people to witness. In addition, they receive First Aid training and workshops in Theology of the Body and Music Ministry.
At the core of Totus Tuus is the mission to share the Gospel with young people in ways that will inspire, empower and equip them to dive deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ and become missionary disciples for the Catholic Church.