PORTLAND---After much prayerful consideration and discussion with participating parishes and families, organizers of the 2020 Totus Tuus summer program in Maine have announced it has been cancelled.
“Taking into account the social and relational nature of the program itself, we felt that the program would not be able to adhere to the social distancing protocols currently in place in Maine,” said Fr. Seamus Griesbach, director of vocations for the Diocese of Portland and program coordinator for Totus Tuus.
Totus Tuus is a weeklong program that inspires a true longing for holiness in young people (grades 1-12). Over the last two summers, over 1,000 Maine teens and children have participated in the program. This summer, ten parishes were set to host the program in Fort Kent, Caribou, Bangor, Jay, Waterville, Lewiston, Windham, Brunswick, Saco, and Sanford.
“The heart of the Totus Tuus program is relationships: our relationship with God and our relationships with one another,” said Fr. Griesbach. “The teams of college students and seminarians witness a joyful and active faith to the children and teens they meet over the summer in a way that simply can’t be carried out online or at a distance.”
Due to the uncertainty regarding the viability of summer programs this year, registrations had been far lower than previous years, making it difficult for organizers to move forward without risking a serious financial shortfall.
Fr. Griesbach is happy to report, however, that the program will be back, stronger than ever, in 2021.
“Totus Tuus is not going anywhere. We will be back next summer with two great teams of teachers ready to share the Catholic faith with Maine’s youth once again!”
For any families who have already registered their children online, fees will be refunded in full in the coming days. Any questions or concerns regarding reimbursement may be sent to email@example.com.