Thank you for a great Totus Tuus 2017!
Totus Tuus is the Diocesan summer youth program led by seminarians and college students who travel throughout the summer proclaiming the Gospel through catechesis, Mass, confession, games, fun and more!
Totus Tuus seeks to inspire in young people a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for daily conversion, and an openness to their vocation by challenging the youth to give themselves entirely to Jesus Christ through Mary.
The Five Pillars of Totus Tuus
1. The Eucharist
2. Marian Devotion
3. Catechetical Instruction
4. Vocational Discernment
Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours,” was the motto of Saint Pope John Paul II. Taken from St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary, it signifies our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus Christ through the hands of our Blessed Mother Mary. It also expresses our effort to give all that we have to every young person we encounter.
When asked to explain this motto chosen for his papacy, Pope John Paul II responded “Totus Tuus. This phrase is not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion. It is more.... At first, it had seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood, in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to Saint Louis of Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption” (Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 212-213).
For questions or more information, contact Director of Religious Education, Tammy Croll at 630-682-3650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.