PORTLAND — Hundreds of Maine youths can participate in a weeklong Catholic youth program for those in grades one through 12 that is dedicated to teaching the Gospel.

Registration is 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-July 1; Waterville, June 26-July 1; Saco, July 10-15; Bangor, July 10-15; Windham, July 24-29; Caribou, July 24-29;  Millinocket, July 31-Aug. 5; and Lewiston, July 31-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 Catholic faith through dynamic and faith-filled content, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

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 includes daily Mass, prayer, classroom teaching, lunch and games.

“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 the St. John Paul II. The program, originally developed in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, has been 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.

To register, visit registertotustuusme.org. For more information about the program, head to portlanddiocese.org/vocations/totustuus.

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