Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso's strong work ethic and down-to-earth humor will make him an extraordinary shepherd for Catholic St. Louis
Catholic St. Louis' new auxiliary bishop will certainly look to Christ the Good Shepherd for guidance as he begins his new life as a shepherd for the faithful here in the archdiocese.
Bishop Rivituso's May 2 ordination at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis was a joyous occasion. The sun was shining for the first time in quite a while and the liturgy and choir invoked a sense of joy and gratitude. Family — including his mother, Rosemary, and six siblings — friends, former students and parishioners came to celebrate a St. Louis homegrown vocation.
Bishop Rivituso most certainly will help lead the Archdiocese of St. Louis with a humble heart and with the hope of drawing the flock closer to their faith. He also hopes that in his new role, he will inspire others to share the love of their faith with the world.
"We must show that we care and bring Jesus into others' lives by taking that opportunity to be present to people," he said on his ordination day.
In his homily, Archbishop Robert Carlson called on him to be "a man of prayer — like Christ you must live in constant inner contact with the Father, with your soul open wide to the grace of the Spirit, bringing to the Lord Jesus your own needs, and the needs of the people you serve, as well as your joy and the joys of others — assisting Christ's light to shine in the world."
In his 29 years as a priest for the archdiocese, Bishop Rivituso has been described as smart, hard-working, energetic and humorous. Growing up in south St. Louis in a working, middle-class family with seven siblings, Bishop Rivituso will no doubt carry with him that down-to-earth presence that makes him so approachable to people.
As described by longtime priest friends, family and parishioners, he knows how to be present in every situation — whether that's sharing a joke in a lighthearted moment or showing a sense of empathy in challenging times.
As signified in the symbols of the miter, ring and pastoral staff, a bishop's ministry entails being a shepherd and a herald of truth, all with a fidelity to Christ. There's no doubt he will continue to work just as hard has he did as a pastor, teacher and canon lawyer for the past three decades. It's certain he got that strong work ethic from witnessing his father, the late Gus Rivituso, who worked three jobs to support the Rivituso family.
Bishop Rivituso, we congratulate you and look forward to accompanying you and supporting you in your new role as a shepherd for the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. RELATED ARTICLE(S):Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Mark S. Rivituso