Totus Tuus Catholic
Youth Organization's (CYO) mission is to form our youth, "Our
Future", in a love for Christ, faithful to the Magisterium, the
successor of Peter and the traditions of the Church, and as leaders and
living witnesses of faith to others. It is dedicated to helping
youth/families from various parishes find opportunities to come together
for friendship and support, growing in holiness and virtue in a
fun-loving and distinctively Catholic setting. One of our goals is to
strengthen families and to foster positive Mother/Daughter and
Father/Son relationships as imitated by our Holy Family. We do this by
offering programs, retreats, camps, and conferences meant to strengthen
not only individual families, but parish families within a diocese. At
Totus Tuus CYO we want to establish a future of hope for our youth and
help to foster vocations whether it be to the priesthood, religious
life, or strong Catholic marriages, if God so wills it of them.
Totus Tuus - What
does it mean?
Totus Tuus CYO, itself came into being after addressing the burning
question to ourselves and others, "How can we create a future of hope
for our Catholic youth?" Frustrated by the worldly influence
infiltrating our youth and families, we sought to change culture, before
it tried to change us .The inspiration for the name came while reading
the book "True Devotion to Mary", by St. Louis DeMontfort.
The term "Totus Tuus", Latin for "Totally
Yours" hit us instantly. This book and term was very significant for
Pope John Paul II, because it not only changed his life, but it led him
to believe that it was through Mary that he should consecrate his entire
life to. We felt the same, and after great prayer, and little
"god-incidences" along the way, Totus Tuus CYO became a reality. Guided
by the Holy Spirit and fervent prayer by ourselves and others, this new
"grass roots" Catholic organization continues to be led by the Holy
Spirit to help shape those individuals, parishes and dioceses that so
choose to welcome Totus Tuus CYO and its programs.
Totus Tuus CYO - Impacting
Youth and Families with Virtue Based Programs
Totus Tuus Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)
is a Roman Catholic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in
September, 2003 by Terry and Lisa Quinn, parents of five children (ages
2-12). It is comprised of a board with one year terms and a number of
advisers. Terry owns his own business, and has a Masters in Theology
Degree from Ave Maria University, and a Post-Collegiate Degree from
Christopher West's Institute on Theology of The Body. Lisa's vocation is
that of wife, mother and teacher (homeschooling 4 of the 5 children).
Totus Tuus CYO offers Catholic virtue-based
programs for ages 5-18…plus adults! Our programs focus on virtues, lives
of the saints, catechesis, scripture, apologetics, and theology of the
body (teens and adults). We encourage Priests, Religious Orders, and Lay
Persons to be present at any of our programs, as often as they are able.
Also, unlike many other youth programs, Totus Tuus CYO is unique in that
it offers Mother/Daughter and Father/Son programs where the Mothers and
Fathers are instrumental in forming and participating directly in our
programs. Their very presence is a profound witness to their son(s) or
daughter(s). The beauty is that they get to grow in faith together, and
have fun with other families while doing it!
Participation in Totus Tuus
- More than fun!
Builds community through fellowship
Cultivates atmosphere of prayer
Develops social skills through
sports and other activities
Offers an avenue for community
- Our Prayer
Mary, my Mother.
Live in me. Act in
Speak in and through me.
Think your thoughts
in my mind. Love, through my heart.
Give me your
dispositions and feelings.
Teach, lead and guide
me to Jesus.
and expand my thoughts and behavior.
Possess my soul. Take
over my entire personality and life.
Replace it with
Incline me to
constant adoration and thanksgiving.
Pray in me and
Let me live in you
and keep me in this union always.
John Paul II