Totus Tuus, Prayer & Action canceled for 2020

The summer youth catechetical program Totus Tuus and the Prayer & Action youth program have been canceled for 2020. They were both victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anthony Keiser, director of the Office of Faith Formation, said his office hated to make the decision but did so for the well-being of the children, their families, and the missionaries who would have been involved.

“We never would have imagined that we would have to come to this point,” he said in a news release. “Totus Tuus has maintained a prominent presence in the schedules of many parishes and in the lives of young people for over 30 years in the Diocese of Wichita.”

He said Prayer & Action has been transformative in communities, missionaries, and young people for nearly a decade.

“Every year, we try to improve both of these programs. The amount of thought, energy, and intention we put into every detail of Totus Tuus and Prayer & Action is something we pride our ministry on,” Keiser said.

The decision was made after considering feedback from parents, youth ministers, pastors, health officials, Chancery officials, and government officials – both local and national.

The office will process full refunds to all parishes and individuals who registered for the programs over the next six weeks. “Please be patient with us as this will take us some time to do. Thank you for your understanding and your support,” he said.