Archbishops and bishops

Bishop DuBourg’s arrival 200 years ago helped transform St. Louis into the ‘Rome of the West’

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In the second decade of the 1800s, Catholicism was teetering in the future Archdiocese of St. Louis.

"Catholics in the area had 'calloused hearts' and 'extreme indifferentism,'" an archdiocesan history reports. "There were few priests, religion practice was spasmodic and the quality of faith was uneven."

The church, at the site of the current Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, "was a tumbledown log building which needed a lot of repair." And the rectory was little more than a shack or barn, without doors, floors, windows and furniture.

Pope names bishops for Diocese of Jefferson City and Diocese of Nashville

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo., and named as his successor Father Shawn McKnight, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Kan.

Father McKnight was executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations from 2010-15.

Father Shawn McKnight was born June 26, 1968. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Wichita on May 28, 1994.

Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'inflicts' nation

WASHINGTON -- Saying there is an "urgent need" to address "the sin of racism" in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 "to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions."

'The love of Christ impels us' | Bishop-elect Rivituso ready to serve Archdiocese of St. Louis

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Msgr. Mark Rivituso's mother was practically speechless when he broke the news that Pope Francis appointed him as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The day after she learned the news, Rosemary Rivituso was still in a joyful, celebratory mood. The 87-year-old is looking forward to his May 2 episcopal ordination, already making plans to buy a new outfit for the special occasion.

"I was happy for him," she said. "I was about to cry, but I didn't want to do that! He knows how proud I am. He always put others before himself and thinks of others."

Msgr. Mark Rivituso named auxiliary bishop for St. Louis

Msgr. Mark Rivituso, vicar general for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was appointed by Pope Francis to be auxiliary bishop of St. Louis.

Msgr. Mark S. Rivituso was at his desk on a recent Monday morning when the papal nuncio called. Pope Francis had appointed him as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre said.

Immediately, Msgr. Rivituso gazed at large crucifix hanging on the wall of his office. "He gave everything for me upon this cross," he reflected. "Now He's asking something of me, and looking at me with love upon the cross. How can I refuse Him? I have to trust enough to say yes." He told the nuncio, "What the Church needs of me, I will do it."

Abp. Gomez calls on Catholics to ‘show forth image of God’

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

LOS ANGELES — The answer to society's dysfunctions can be found in one person: Jesus Christ.

That message is at the core of a new pastoral letter by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez — "For Greater Things You Were Born" — released March 1, Ash Wednesday.

The letter is a 16,000-word meditation on human nature, which the archbishop maintains can only be understood in relation to God.

"Jesus Christ alone knows who we are and He is the one teacher of life," he wrote. "He alone shows us the way to live in order to lead a truly human life."

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