Bishop Mark S Rivituso

Stories about ordination and episcopacy of Bishop Mark S. Rivituso

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 

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.

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).

Longtime friends describe Bishop Rivituso as studious, down-to-earth, humorous

Bishop Mark Rivituso joked with priest friends, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough and Msgr. Kevin Callahan, after a press conference announcing his appointment as the new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Msgrs. Hambrough and Callahan served Bishop Rivituso as chaplains at his ordination Mass.

Smart. Humorous. Conscientious. The early bird.

These are just a few of the descriptions used by longtime friends of Bishop Mark S. Rivituso.

Msgrs. Kevin Callahan and Patrick Hambrough have known Bishop Rivituso since their seminary days in the 1980s. Msgr. Callahan was ordained in 1984, Msgr. Hambrough in '85 and Bishop Rivituso in '88. Despite the differences in ordination classes, the three got to know one another in the hallways of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and became fast friends. Bishop Rivituso tapped his two friends to serve as chaplains, assisting him at his ordination Mass.

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