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2022 Totus Tuus NEW Leader Application

Job Description

Applications deadline:  FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2022

Totus Tuus Leaders/Teachers (College Students)

"At the beginning of this third millennium, you too, young people, are called to proclaim the message of the Gospel with the testimony of your lives. The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your youthful ideals to ensure that the Gospel permeates the fabric of society and inspires a civilization of authentic justice and love without discrimination. Now more than ever, in a world all too often deprived of light and the courage of noble ideals, it is not the time to be ashamed of the Gospel (cf. Rom 1: 16). Rather, it is time to preach it from the rooftops (cf. Mt 10: 27). The Pope, your Bishops, the whole Christian community are counting on your commitment, on your generosity, and following you with confidence and hope!"                                                                    
                   - Pope St. John Paul II, Meeting with the Catholic Youth of Switzerland, June 5th, 2004

Looking for the perfect paid internship?

Totus Tuus is an excellent opportunity for college students to grow professionally and personally by having to adapt, lead, present, instruct, motivate, and team up with others; all within a framework of real world time constraints. The opportunity for development of these business and interpersonal skills, while not the focus of the program, is significant. These skills are among the key attributes that are looked for in job candidates in this competitive world.


Totus Tuus calls upon college students and seminarians from the Joliet area and across the United States to carry out its mission. Those hired are trained and put into teams of four (two men and two women) to go out into a parish for a week and put on a "parish mission for youth" in order to teach, witness, and inspire. They conduct these missions for six weeks during the summer in which they are challenged both by each other and the youth.

Much of the success of Totus Tuus is due to the college-age teachers whose zeal for Christ and His Church inspire young people to live lives of radical holiness. Furthermore, leaders of Totus Tuus often discover their own vocation (marriage, religious, priesthood) as they, too, are inspired to live lives of deeper devotion.

As a Totus Tuus leader, you commit to traveling in a four-person team and teaching in parishes for six weeks. Immediately prior to the start of the program, leaders complete two weeks of training in the curriculum and program. Leaders are given a 7-day break during the week of the July 4th holiday.

Why Be a Leader?

As part of the Totus Tuus team, a leader has the tremendous privilege and challenge of spreading the Gospel throughout the Diocese of Joliet. This challenge is accepted with great joy! The teams come to know and love the vitality, faith, and courage of all the youth they encounter. These youth are the future and hope of the next millennium. Today's youth are hungry for a greater understanding of the Truth contained in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, as guided by the Magisterium. The youth are seeking not just role models, but heroes who are striving to live and proclaim, "Lord, I will be totally yours." With joy and honor, Totus Tuus leaders serve these youth by sharing the gifts that God has given to them.

"Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to Him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on." 
                                       - Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at the World Youth Day 2005 Closing Mass