bishop rivituso

'This is the day'


In a pew with his family, young Liam Corley, age 6, watched intently as the events unfolded around the altar at St. Monica Church.

In the Rite of Dedication, Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso blessed the altar, laid in the rectangular marble stone containing a relic, then anointed the stone and the granite surface with sacred chrism.

As the choir, including Liam's sister, Emily, filled the church with song, Bishop Rivituso worked his way around the sacred table, spreading the blessed oil by hand and making sure all four corners and everything in between were covered.

We have a new bishop!

Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso's strong work ethic and down-to-earth humor will make him an extraordinary shepherd for Catholic St. Louis 

People flock to see ordination of an ‘awesome guy’

Bishop-elect Mark Rivituso joked with Father Leo Spezia from Sacred Heart Eureka Parish after a press conference announcing his appointment as the new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Bishop-elect Rivituso has chosen for his motto, "Caritas Christi Urget Nos," which means "the love of Christ impels us." He will be ordained to the episcopacy in a Mass at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Official announcement of the appointment was made at 5 a.m., March 7, in Rome.

People who came from across the archdiocese to celebrate with Bishop Mark Rivituso May 2 at his episcopal ordination explained the many ways he has touched their lives.

"We love Msgr. Rivituso, soon-to-be bishop Rivituso," said Linda Niederer of St. Theodore Parish in Flint Hill, also speaking for her husband, Alan, and not quite knowing what to call the bishop prior to the ordination Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Rivituso family recalls fond memories of playing sports, staycations and a calling to the priesthood

Lisa Rivituso, Carolyn Kargacin, Rosemary Rivituso and Marilyn Wisniewaski talked about their brother or son Mark Rivituso, who was ordained a bishop May 2. Bishop Rivituso, who was ordained as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on May 2, was the sixth of eight children born to Rosemary and Gus Rivituso.

In some ways Bishop Mark Rivituso's family was surprised at his priesthood vocation. And in other ways, it came as no surprise at all.

Either way, the Rivituso family is overjoyed at his newest assignment as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Bishop’s regalia is rich in symbolism

Bishop Mark S. Rivituso's crozier, miter and ring.

You might hear about a bishop asking for a hair pin or two to keep his miter affixed against the wind, but you'll probably never hear about one asking for someone to hand down his "walking cane" — i.e. his pastoral staff or crozier.

Likewise, bishops' rings probably won't show up on ebay, similar to championship rings from down-on-their-luck, former professional athletes. And rest assured that bishops don't wear over-sized crosses to be cool (though it's most definitely that).

Bishop’s co-workers provide insight to his personality

 Bishop Mark Rivituso was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis during a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He waved at his friends from the archdiocesan curia as he processed into Mass.

"Hard worker," "dedicated," "caring" and "joyous" are the words Bishop-elect Rivituso's former co-workers in in the Metropolitan Tribunal use to describe him.

"He's a great guy" is a refrain heard over and over.

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