archdiocese of st. louis

Jury rules in favor of Fr. Jiang and archdiocese

A jury in Lincoln County took little time April 6 to find in favor of both Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis in a civil lawsuit that alleged the priest had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl in 2012. In the trial, the plaintiff sought more than $1 million in compensatory damages. The jury began deliberations just past 1 p.m. and returned the verdict just before 3 p.m.

'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."

Parishioners donate $5 million in special collections

Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis donated more than $5 million in special collections last year — funds that help the Church meet needs in critical areas in the archdiocese and around the world.

The donations were made to the 19 once-a-year collections supporting various local, national and international programs and four one-time collections related to disaster responses. The one-time collections went to Middle East refugee response, $35,728, Hurricane Matthew/Haiti reconstruction, $91,721; local and national flood relief, $327,775; and Louisiana flood relief, $257,306.

Editorial | Catholic schools: ‘Nobody does it better’

In April, at the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Gala benefiting the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offered an anecdote that sums up the importance and value of Catholic education beyond just the Catholic community.

Six years ago, a gentleman who described himself to Cardinal Dolan as "a Jewish atheist" visited the new leader for the Archdiocese of New York and wrote him a substantial check to help fund Catholic education. This became an annual occurrence. After a few years, Cardinal Dolan asked why the man does this.

Your guide to the Year of Mercy: A time to reflect on God's merciful love and to be a witness of mercy

December 8 begins the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the universal Church. It will be our opportunity to deeply reflect on God's mercy and how we can be a merciful witness to others.

The special Holy Year, declared by Pope Francis, begins with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, and will conclude Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

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