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Billboards promoting life highlights group’s 15-year effort

Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso presided at a blessing Aug. 24 at DDI Media for a new billboard to be placed along eastbound Highway 40 near Kingshighway Boulevard. The billboards are sponsored by the nonprofit organization Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life. The bishop also blessed five additional vinyl coverings and wooden extensions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to sit on top of each billboard. The extras are to replace billboards that have worn out over time.

In the warehouse at DDI Media, Our Lady of Guadalupe towered over a small gathering of people, waiting to be blessed.

The Blessed Mother was preparing for her perch — all 19 feet of her — along eastbound Highway 40 near Kingshighway, to greet more than 123,000 drivers passing by her every day.

This was the latest endeavor of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life, a small nonprofit organization of Catholics who have been dedicated to sharing a pro-life message of love for all life — born and unborn.

'This is the day'

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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).

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