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Pope: To foster vocations, trust young people

Pope Francis ordained one of 16 new priests at Mass in Suhrawardy Udyan park in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 1.

ROME — To foster vocations, the Church must trust young people who, "despite belonging to the 'selfie' generation, look for full meaning in their lives, even when they do not always look for it where it can be found," Pope Francis stated.

"This is where we, consecrated men and women, have an important role: to remain awake to wake up young people, to be centered on the Lord to help young people center themselves in Him," he stated in a message to participants in a two-day conference on vocational ministry and consecrated life.

Four men answer the call of God to serve as priests

Archbishop Carlson ordained Peter Terwase Faimega, Michael Lampe, Clark Philipp and John Schneier to the priesthood on Saturday, May 27

For about 10 minutes in the Rite of Ordination on May 27, the four candidates for the priesthood quite literally laid down their lives for Christ, giving themselves wholly to the holy Catholic and apostolic Church.

Still deacons and within minutes of being ordained priests, Peter Faimega, Michael Lampe, Clark Philipp and John Schneier lay prostrate on the marble floor before the altar at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

“Not to be served but to serve”

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On the heels of Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso's episcopal ordination four days prior, four men were ordained as transitional deacons May 6 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained Gerson Parra, Philiphraj Rathinam and Christopher Rubie for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Daniel Koko-Oleko for the Diocese of Tshumbe (Democratic Republic of Congo). Bishop Rivituso, Bishop-emeritus Robert J. Hermann and Bishop Felipe Sãnchez from the Diocese of Chiquinquira, Colombia concelebrated, along with archdiocesan priests.

Four ordained transitional deacons

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the ordaining Prelate of the Rite of Ordination of Deacons at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  Seminarians Daniel Koko Oleko, Gerson Parra Meza, Philipraj Rathinam and Christopher Rubie were made Transitional Deacons for the final year of their study towards the priesthood.

On the heels of Auxiliary Bishop Mark S. Rivituso's episcopal ordination four days prior, four men were ordained as transitional deacons May 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

The love of Christ impels him | Bishop Mark Rivituso hopes to model the Good Shepherd in his episcopacy

Msgr. Kevin Callahan, right, helped Bishop Mark S. Rivituso vest prior to the new bishop's episcopal ordination Mass.

Calling upon the model of Jesus the Good Shepherd for guidance, Bishop Mark S. Rivituso told the faithful of St. Louis he looks forward to serving the Church as the Archdiocese of St. Louis' newest auxiliary bishop.

"May I always conform my heart to the humble heart of the Good Shepherd, so that with you we can build up the Church in holiness and promote a greater peace and goodness for all we serve in our communities," he told those who came to his episcopal ordination May 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of 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.

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