Totus Tuus



What is Totus Tuus?

TOTUS TUUS (Latin for Totally Yours) named after St. John Paul II's papal motto is a fun and energetic parish based summer catechetical program for both grade school age children and middle and high school youth. TOTUS TUUS gathers together college students and seminarians from across the United States onto teaching teams of four in order to train them and send them out on the road to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various participating parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The teachers’ youthfulness, energy, and ability to witness to the Faith make them particularly effective with children and young adults.

Information for Parishes

Grade School Program

The Totus Tuus Grade School Program is designed for children entering first through sixth grades in the upcoming school year. The Grade School Program runs Monday through Friday.

The students are encouraged to be clear and consistent in their faith. They are shown how to view their Lord as a good Father. This personal relationship gives them the confidence to be Christ’s witnesses in the world around them. Finally, Totus Tuus endeavors to show the youth that a humble and courageous desire to know God must be based upon a steadfast and disciplined life of prayer combined with the reception of the sacraments.


Junior and Senior High School Program


TOTUS TUUS offers an evening program for junior and senior high school youth. Junior High youth are those entering the 7th or 8th grades, and Senior High youth are those entering grades 9-12 for the upcoming school year. These grade levels meet Sunday through Thursday.

We have found that vibrant, faithful, college-aged teachers can effectively impact the youth at this age. This is a great opportunity for teens to see older peers on fire for their faith and insight into discerning their vocation.

The Totus Tuus Junior and Senior High School Program comprises instruction, small group discussions, quiet meditation, prayer, and fellowship. The team teaches in such a way as to offer a dialogue in which each person feels respected in his or her most basic dignity.


Each night there is time for fellowship, snacks, and presentations. Adoration and Reconciliation will also take place on one of the nights (usually Wednesday), and on Thursday there is an opportunity for a social night.


Facilities Overview


In order for the Grade School Program to run smoothly, the team requests one large hall or room for their main assemblies. If the group is large, it is helpful to provide a microphone for the main speaker.

The size of the student body and number of teams assigned to each parish will determine how much classroom space is needed. For one team this will usually mean having three or four other classrooms available for use; for two teams, seven or eight classrooms; for three teams, eleven to twelve rooms.

Each classroom should have a chalkboard or a dry-erase board. For the 1st and 2nd grade classroom, it is ideal to have a large enough room to have some empty space near the board for the children to gather on the floor, as well as tables set up with chairs for their activities. Team members will set up the rooms.

It is very important that the church be available for Mass and confessions everyday. If possible, the team might take the students into the Adoration Chapel, if there is one, for a short time during the week; if there is not one, the church would suffice.


If you are interested in teaching TOTUS TUUS and for more information apply here: Missionaries



More information can be found on the attached Informational guide.


If your parish is interested in hosting TOTUS TUUS please fill out this form

Parish Schedule 2018

Date Parish
June 4-8  
June 11-15  
June 18-22  
June 25-29  
July 1 - 7 Vacation
July 9-13  
July 16-20  
July 23-27  

Joe Dobrynski,




TOTUS TUUS in the news: 

St. Louis Review July 2017

Catholic St. Louis Magazine August 2017

St. Louis Review September 2016

 National Catholic Register

#totustuusstl on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Informational Guide 2017.pdf3.68 MB