Totus Tuus


We are planning to send three teams of young adults around the diocese in 2023!  Scroll down to find Team member application information.  Contact Heather Serena if you are interested in hosting a Team at your parish.  We have one opening left!

Please register through the parish hosting the week your child(ren) will attend.  Click on the parish you want in the schedule below for contact information.

2023 Totus Tuus Schedule (as of November 22, 2022):

Students going into 7th-12th Grade attend at night Sunday-Thursday.  Students going into 1st-6th grade attend during the day Monday-Friday.  The date listed is the Sunday that the older students start.  The younger children begin the following day.

St. Christopher, Nisswa hosted by Our Lady of the Lakes Parish
1 more parish/cluster can be added this week!

June 11th
June 18th
Immaculate Heart, Crosslake
St. John the Evangelist, Duluth hosted with Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Benedict, & St. Michael
St. Lawrence, Duluth hosted with Holy Family, St. Raphael, and St. Rose
June 25th
July 16th
1 more parish/cluster can be added this week!

About Totus Tuus
Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.  Totus Tuus is for people going into grades 1-12 in the 2023/2024 school year.

The mission of Totus Tuus is to help young people develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and to understand their faith through catechesis in a way that makes the faith real to the youth and helps them live as a witness in today’s world.  To accomplish this, we emphasize a devotion and love for Our Lord in the Eucharist and for Mary our Mother.

Totus Tuus calls upon college students from the Catholic Diocese of Duluth and across the United States to carry this mission to every young person they encounter in the parish program.  Students are hired for their energy, enthusiasm, love for the faith, commitment to spiritual growth, ability to work with a team and a desire to work with youth.  Parish catechists are grouped into teams of four, each consisting of two men and two women, and are invited to a different parish every week for seven weeks, where they conduct a week-long “parish mission,” teaching and inspiring the parish’s first through twelfth grade youth.

Team members are usually grouped into teams of four, each consisting of two men and two women, and are invited to a different parish every week for seven weeks, where they conduct a week-long “parish mission,” teaching and inspiring the parish’s first through twelfth grade youth.  Training is provided.

For complete details, including summer schedule, salary and a more complete explanation of what is expected  of Totus Tuus Teacher, contact Heather Serena.

To Apply, Download and Return:
2023 Team Member On-Line Application: Click here  When you get there, there are separate sections for new and returning applicants.  Scroll to the correct application and then please check the box marked "MN: Diocese of Duluth." Don't click on our name or it will bring you back here.  Please submit your application now.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Training Program
Your commitment to Totus Tuus begins with a training program.  Each teacher is trained to articulate the information contained in the 2023 curriculum and all aspects of the parish catechetical program. Additional training includes instruction in: the mission of Totus Tuus, prayer, Catholic doctrine, Christian relationships, and evangelization skills.  Opportunity for individual and/or community prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, daily Mass, Confession, team recreation, and fellowship completes a well rounded week of training. 

On the Road
Upon completion of training week your team will travel to seven parishes throughout the Diocese of Duluth and serve at Camp Survive. You will need to make your own arrangements for vacation, room and board, and transportation during the July 4th holiday week.

As part of  Totus Tuus you will have the opportunity to teach many youth, ranging in age from first to twelfth grade.  You may also assist in leading songs, prayers, meditations, giving talks to the parish or a number of other duties that may arise.  The duties of the Totus Tuus team do not end in the classroom.  While on the road, a Totus Tuus team is not only evangelizing to the children and young adults that they teach, but also to the priests, sisters, families, waiters, gas station attendants and everyone else God brings into your life.

Housing, Meals, Transportation
During the week, the team will stay at host family homes so as to better know the families of the parish better. The host families often treat the teachers as though they were part of their own family. Housing of team members occurs from their arrival Saturday afternoon/evening until their departure the following Saturday. Each team will provide their own transportation through the generosity of one of the team members whose mileage will be reimbursed by the Diocese.  All of the team's meals will be provided for while the team is in the parish.

Download the Parish Information Book here (coming soon) for more information on hosting a team. The book includes:
• Team Schedule
• Curriculum
• Overview of Elementary and High School Programs
• Task List

Host parishes must complete the Parish Information Sheet and return it ASAP.

Past Promotional Flyer and Poster.

Below is the cost to a parish for hosting a team and the maximum number of youth per team.**

Number of Teams Cost
1 Team (4 persons):  $2,200
2 Teams (8 persons), maximum of 180 students: $4,400

**Max. Youth Served” applies only to those youth served through the Grade School Program.

To register your parish for a team complete and return the form on the back page of the information book (coming soon) along with the $500 deposit. You can e-mail the requested date to [email protected] Please supply your top three choices of weeks for the summer.  Registration forms and deposits are due by date TBD.  Parishes who had a week the previous summer are given priority.  Parishes will be scheduled on a “first-come, first serve” basis for preferred dates. 

Updated 1/16/23


Father Michael Schmitz 

Heather Serena
[email protected]

Annette Merritt
[email protected]


Diocese of Duluth
Youth/Young Adults
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Fax: 218-724-1056



Youth Ministry
Camp Survive
Confirmation Retreats
Forms & Flyers
Jr. High Rally
Mission Trips
Teen Discipleship Summer       
Totus Tuus
YM Meetings