|Also Known as Tuus Totus
VATICAN CITY, 17 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of Tuus
Totus which appears in the Directory of International Associations of
the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
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Official name: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Mercy Association
Also known as: Tuus Totus
Acronym: CIM (Coeur Immaculé de Marie)
History: Tuus Totus was established in 1963 in Rouen in France by
Monsignor Jehan Dahyot-Dolivet, protonotary apostolic and canon of the
patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major.
The founding and animation of prayer groups was a missionary activity
from the beginning, starting with children and gradually involving the
parents, neighbors and friends. It was approved by the archbishop of
Rouen in 1984 and spread among young people and adults, evangelizing in
neighborhoods, parishes and deprived environments, and in the mission
On Dec. 8, 1992, the Pontifical Council for the Laity issued a decree
recognizing the Association Coeur Immaculé de Marie
Tuus Totus as an international association of the faithful of pontifical
Identity: The purpose of Tuus Totus is to spread devotion to Our Lady as
the means of reaching Jesus Christ and that union with our Lord which is
the perfection of Christian life. This aim is pursued by leading people
to rediscover prayer to Our Lady and to increase familiarity with the
Gospel by reciting the rosary and meditating on the mysteries.
The members of the association - lay, religious men and women, and
are driven by a missionary spirit and by the desire to work in the
Church according to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the
spirituality of St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort.
The formation process, centered around devotion to Our Lady, Mother of
Mercy and our Mother, by renewing baptismal vows leads the members to
give themselves to Our Lord through Mary, consecrating to him the value
of all we do.
Each one therefore reaches the merciful love of God to the extent that
he is transformed from within according to the spirit of a similar love
toward his neighbor. In addition to providing formation to undertake
pastoral and mission responsibilities, the specific areas of action of
the association are the evangelization of families and environments in
which the proclamation of the Gospel and the presence of the Church are
lacking or missing.
Organization: Tuus Totus is headed by a general president and a general
vice president, and members can be either affiliated or united members.
Affiliated members are associations, religious congregations, or Church
works and individuals who play a full part in Tuus Totus and practice
its spirituality according to the spiritual Directory.
United members are associations, movements, Church works or religious
congregations in communion with Tuus Totus in which some of their
members practice the specific spirituality of the association while
others have made their act of consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In both instances, to safeguard the freedom of everyone, it is essential
for every individual to make a personal act of membership. As the
missionary intention of the association aims to bring the essentials of
Christian life within the reach of all, in particular the least and the
poorest, there are prayer groups of children, young people and adults
that work in contact with numerous ecclesial movements, new communities,
Marian movements and spirituality centers.
Membership: Tuus Totus has a total affiliated and united membership of
137,000 and is present in 37 countries.
Publications: Rosaire, a monthly magazine
Association du Coeur Immaculé de Marie (Tuus Totus)
Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major
00120 Vatican City
Father Guy Tardivy, OP
General Vice President
Couvent des Dominicains
20, rue des Ayres
Fax (33) 5.5651.0523
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]