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“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and recovery of sight to the blind…”

Lk 4:18

Our Totus Tuus Teams

Team Veritas

Erin Donlon - Team Leader

I am a  2nd Pre-Theology Seminarian from Good Shepherd Parish in Saco Maine. I am a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and is attending Seminary at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg Maryland. I’m a big fan of sports and outdoor activities.I am excited to be a Part of Totus Tuus this summer because I will have the opportunity to share my passion for our faith to the younger people of our Diocese. I also look forward to interacting with people from all over the diocese with Emily, Dale, and Delia and help give younger people grow in their faith.

Emily Amann

Hi I’m Emily Amann and I am incredibly happy to be teaching on a Totus Tuus Team for my second year. I am from Scarborough, Maine and a parishioner at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church.  I am currently a sophomore Catholic Studies and Psychology double major at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Although very difficult to select my favorite part of Totus Tuus since the program is so fantastic, one of my favorite parts is working with the students who attend the program.  It is such a blessing and a joy to work with such amazing students many of whom are very eager to learn about Catholicism and grow in their relationship with the Lord. I love being able to share the faith with all of them and see them grow throughout the week. I am so excited to teach Totus Tuus again and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for the teams and the participants this summer as we entrust ourselves totally to Jesus through His mother Mary. 

Dale Brown

Hey guys! My name is Dale Brown. I attend Holy Family Church part of Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston. I am a sophomore at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts concentrating in Business and Sport Management.  I also am a high school football coach on the side of being a student. I am a big New York Giants fan and my favorite coach is Tom Coughlin and player is Eli Manning, Coach Coughlin is why I love coaching. Last Summer was one of the best summers and best experiences of my life as it was spent teaching Totus Tuus for the first year. There were so many things that I loved and am looking forward to again this summer. For example, getting to know the kids and their families, getting to know others in different parishes that I am meeting for the first time, and getting to share our faith. I hope to have a great summer and am looking forward to meeting new people and to catch up with some friends from last year!!!

Delia Bonner

Hello! My name is Delia Bonner and I will be one of the members of the 2019 Totus Tuus Team. I am originally from a little town in Northern Maine called Easton where I was a member of the Parish of the Precious Blood in Presque Isle. I am currently a freshman in college at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Here at Franciscan I am currently undeclared with my major as I discern different fields of study and where God is calling me. In my time here at Franciscan, I have become a member of the collegiate women’s soccer team, led praise and worship for my teammates, taken challenging but also enlightening theology courses, made frequent runs to Dunkin’ Donuts, and grown immensely in my faith. This will be my first year teaching with Totus Tuus and I could not be more excited to begin this journey of faith with all of you. I am so excited to have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with so many people in the state that I love so dearly. God bless!

 


Team Caritas

Matthew Valles - Team Leader

My name is Matthew Valles.  I am from Barrington, RI, in my second year of seminary studying to become a priest in Maine. My home parish is Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord in Old Town, ME because I studied at the University of Maine Orono for graduate schin ool physics before entering seminary.  In graduate school, I taught physics to first and second-year college students, as well as helped teach the catechism to middle school students in the parish. 

I am excited for Totus Tuus because I believe that it is a means by which youth can encounter Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

Maddie Dichard

Hello! My name is Maddie. You may recognize me from last summer! I am a junior education major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I grew up right outside of Bangor, and my home parish is St. Paul the Apostle. Among the many highlights of the Totus Tuus program, I think its greatest strength is the way that it brings people together. Whether it was through a first grader, a twelfth grader, a priest, a coordinator, a parent, a community volunteer, or a Knight of Columbus, I encountered God’s love all summer long. As I look forward to this summer, I can only imagine all the graces and blessings in store for everyone involved. What an extraordinary gift it is to celebrate the mass, grow in our faith, and have tons of fun each and every day. The Blessed Mother already holds this summer of Totus Tuus in her hands, and I am so excited for her to lead us all closer to her Son. St. John Paul II, pray for us.

 

 Elliot Hachey 

My name is Elliot Hachey and I’m currently a sophomore, biology major at the University of New England. Growing up in Winthrop, Maine, I’ve spent countless hours outside on the lakes fishing, hiking, and immersing myself in God’s beautiful creation. I began my religious journey at St. Michael’s Parish in Augusta, but now currently involve myself at Good Shephard Parish with middle-school youth ministry. It wasn’t until my freshmen year of college however, that I felt I was truly awakened in my faith and was able to finally open myself to experience God’s love in a much more profound way. My revitalization in my Catholic faith has truly lit a fire within me, as I feel a strong calling to venture out and spread the news of God’s love to all those that I meet. This is why I feel so drawn to Totus Tuus, for it was through Mary, the Mother of God’s intercession that my faith was strengthened. I’ve absolutely loved working with kids of all ages throughout my life experiences, and I’m beyond excited to work with the youth of the Diocese and provide for them a fun and engaging faith-filled experience where they too will strengthen their devotion to Christ.

Emma Slocum

Hello, my name is Emma Slocum and I am from Phippsburg, Maine. I belong to All Saints Parish and grew up attending Saint Mary’s in Bath. I am a sophomore, business major at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is my first time working with Totus Tuus and I am very excited to share the love and guidance that the Faith brings to my life with others, so they can grow to have a closer relationship with God as well.