Totus Tuus



2021 Update:  The Diocese of Duluth is providing two Totus Tuus teams around the diocese to hosting parishes for the summer of 2021.  Here is this summer's schedule.

Students going into 7th-12th Grade attend at night Sunday-Thursday.  Students going into 1st-6th grade attend during the day Monday-Friday.

June 6th
St. Cecilia, Nashwauk | Our Lady of the Lakes, Pequot  Lakes

June 13th
St. Joseph, Grand Rapids | St. Andrew, Brainerd

June 20th
East Side Duluth (at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary  | Immaculate Heart, Crosslake

June 27th
St. Mary, Cook | St. Lawrence, Duluth

July 11th 
St. Thomas Aquinas, International Falls | Queen of Peace, Cloquet

July 18th
Holy Spirit, Virginia | St. Joseph, Crosby

July 25th
Blessed Sacrament, Hibbing | St. Agnes, Walker​​​​​​​

About Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus is a current K-12 summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. 

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 here.

To Apply, Download and Return: (Please contact Heather Serena)
2021 Team Member Application
2021 Referral Form

Please submit application by date TBD.  Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.  Thank you!

Training Program
Your commitment to Totus Tuus begins with a training program.  Each teacher is trained to articulate the information contained in the 2021 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 by date TBD if possible.

Download Promotional Flyer and Poster (2021 ones will be sent to your parish).

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)  $1,800
2 Teams (8 persons), 180:  $3,600

**Max. Youth Served” applies only to those youth served through the Grade School Program.
***updated for 2021

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 6/30/21






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