Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus is a Catholic summer youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic Faith through catechesis, evangelization, Christian witness and Eucharistic worship.

Training begins June 1, and we are still in need of more male missionaries! At the latest, applications will need to be received by Wednesday, May 25.

If you would like to discuss the program before submitting an application, please contact Jonathan Kaltenbach at (574) 968-2431 or [email protected]. Thank you!

One summer can inspire a lifetime.

Who are Totus Tuus Missionaries?

Each Totus Tuus Missionary Team is made up of four college-aged catechist-witnesses. Applicants must have an authentic, dynamic Catholic faith and be actively living the teachings of the Catholic Church. This is a great summer job experience for anyone who wants to work in ministry, education, or with children in other settings. There will be two young women and two young men who have committed their summer to deepening their own faith through prayer, worship, and spreading the word of God through their witness.

What is the mission of Totus Tuus?

Totus Tuus is a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours” and was the motto of St. John Paul II. Taken from St. Louis De Montfort’s meditations in True Devotion to Mary, it signifies our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus through Mary. The mission of the Totus Tuus Summer Program is to inspire in the next generation a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for daily conversion, and an openness to their vocation by constantly challenging them to give themselves to Christ through Mary’s example.

What does a commitment as a missionary involve?

Totus Tuus Missionaries will receive ten days of paid training at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Illinois and stipends during the six weeks of the program.

After training, the team will travel to six different parish sites within the diocese (possibly spending one week in a neighboring diocese) sharing the joy and beauty of our faith and teaching about Prayer, the Our Father, and the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

Missionaries will arrive at each parish on Saturday evening, speak at the vigil Mass, and greet parishioners. The team will speak again at the Sunday Masses, inviting all young people within the parish to attend the program.

The Totus Tuus Program is set up to reach young people from first grade through high school in two separate programs. The middle school/ high school program will run in the evening from Sunday through Thursday each week. The Elementary Program for Grades 1-6 runs during the day.

Missionaries must be at least 18 years of age.

Where do missionaries stay?

Missionaries will be housed with a family from their host parish. The ladies will be with one host family and the men with another. Lunch is provided by parishioners. Each evening, missionaries enjoy dinner with different families within the parish, before returning for the evening session with teens.


Totus Tuus missionaries will receive ten days of paid training and stipends during the six weeks of the program.

Meet the 2021 Totus Tuus Missionaries

Morgan Schenkel

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Dylan Maugel

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Maria Pratt

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2021 Totus Tuus Schedule

Missionary Training took place from June 2-11, 2021.

This page will be updated once 2022 Totus Tuus dates are announced.