PORTLAND – Hundreds of Maine teens and children will have the opportunity to participate in a weeklong Catholic youth program (grades 1-12) dedicated to teaching the Gospel and deepening love for God and the Church.
Registration is now open for Totus Tuus 2022, which will be presented in 10 Maine communities this summer: Farmington (June 19-24), Houlton (June 19-24), Fort Kent (June 26 to July 1), Waterville (June 26 to July 1), Saco (July 10-15), Bangor (July 10-15), Windham (July 24-29), Caribou (July 24-29), Millinocket (July 31 to Aug. 5), and Lewiston (July 31 to Aug. 5). All are welcome to register for any week.
Organized by the Diocese of Portland’s Office of Vocations and Seminarians, Totus Tuus leads participants on an age-appropriate encounter with the timeless treasures of the Catholic faith through dynamic and faith-filled content. The series has inspired countless young people to live the call of the Gospel in today’s world. Teams of men and women, including seminarians and college students, are hired each year through a rigorous selection process and spend the first two weeks of the summer in training. In collaboration with local pastors and parish coordinators, the teams spend the remainder of the summer traveling throughout the diocese conducting the program. Totus Tuus features daily Mass, prayer, classroom teaching, lunch, games, and more.
“Totus Tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt” (“I am totally yours, and all that I have is yours”) begins the episcopal motto of St. John Paul II. The program, originally developed in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, has proven to be successful in explaining the teachings of the Catholic Church to young people in both rural and urban settings. Participation in the program has exceeded 200,000 people in the U.S.