A global movement reaching Catholics in more than 12 countries.
Youth Teams of Our Lady (YTOL) is an international young adult (unmarried, post-high school to 30 years old) movement built on the principle of youth serving youth. The movement encourages young adults to grow from a shallow understanding of his faith to a meaningful relationship with Jesus, through community, prayer and action. The movement is devoted to Mary, choosing her as a model of openness to the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Young Adult Teams of Our Lady is to help its members to live the double dimension of the Christian life: being with Christ and being sent on a mission into everyday life. Whether you are new in your faith, seasoned in your faith, or somewhere in the middle -- there is a place for you, and this movement welcomes you.
YTOL began in 1976, during an international meeting of the Teams of Our Lady in France. Teams of Our Lady (TOOL) is an international movement for married couples. During the meeting, young adults who came with their families wanted to experience a community similar to that of their parents. They wanted to share their friendship, faith and joy with each other, to take on an active role in the life of the Church and to reach out to their friends. The movement was born out of these shared aspirations.
Since then, the movement has spread across the globe. It has over 3,000 members in 13 countries: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Canada, Angola, Mozambique, Syria, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Brazil, Haiti, Panama, and the United States. Its current international headquarters are located in Portugal, which is where the International Secretariat resides and operates.