Most Reverend Mark S. Rivituso, J.C.L.


Vicar General
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: 314.792.7421

Statement of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on the Appointment of Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso to Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

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Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso has served as vicar general for the Archdiocese of St. Louis since Aug. 1, 2011.

Bishop-elect Rivituso, 55, previously was judicial vicar of the Tribunal of Second Instance (Canonical Appellate Tribunal) of the Province of St. Louis and pastor of Curé of Ars Parish in Shrewsbury.

A vicar general aids the archbishop in the administration of the archdiocese. Bishop-elect Rivituso succeeded Monsignor Vernon E. Gardin, who was vicar general since 2004 and returned to parish ministry.

Bishop-elect Rivituso shared the office of vicar general with Bishop Edward M. Rice, who was ordained a bishop for the archdiocese earlier in 2011. Bishop-elect Rivituso was responsible for overseeing the North City, South City and Southwest County deaneries, as well as a ministry team of offices and agencies within the archdiocese. He remained as pastor of Cure of Ars until 2013 when assigned in residence at Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves.

At the time of his appointment as vicar general, he said it is “a privilege for me to assist Archbishop Carlson in his pastoral and administrative duties.”

At that time also, in his letter appointing Bishop-elect Rivituso as vicar general, Archbishop Carlson said, “From my experience of your priestly ministry thus far, I am confident that you will serve the Church very well and, through your service, advance very much the New Evangelization of our society and culture.”

Bishop-elect Rivituso was ordained a priest for the archdiocese at the Saint Louis Cathedral (now Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis) by Archbishop John L. May in 1988. The native St. Louisan is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in south St. Louis, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick School of Theology. He also has earned a master’s degree and licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Pope Benedict XVI named him a monsignor in 2005.

He has served as associate pastor of St. Ambrose in south St. Louis (1988-1990), part-time associate pastor of Immaculate Conception in Dardenne Prairie and on the faculty of St. Dominic High School (1990-1993), part-time associate pastor, St. Margaret of Scotland in St. Louis and staff member of the archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal (1993-1994).

After returning from studies in Canada in the mid-1990s, he was appointed to the Metropolitan Tribunal staff and named part-time associate pastor at St. Jerome in Bissell Hills (1996-1997). From there, he also had assignments as acting associate master of ceremonies to the archbishop (1997-2008), in residence at St. Gabriel the Archangel in St. Louis (2004-2008), adjunct judicial vicar of the Tribunal of Second Instance of the Province of St. Louis (2004-2005), judicial vicar of the Tribunal of Second Instance (2005-2011), pastor of Cure of Ars (2008-2013), and in residence at Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves

Bishop-elect Rivituso also has served as a confessor for the Little Sisters of the Poor for three years, and was a chaplain for the Veterans Administration in St. Louis for seven years.

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  • Baptized October 8, 1961 at St. Wenceslaus Parish, St. Louis, MO
  • Ordained January 16, 1988 at The Cathedral of St. Louis by Archbishop John L. May
  • Conferred Papal Honor May 9, 2005 as Honorary Prelate of His Holiness


  • Licentiate and Master's degrees in Canon Law, St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada 
  • Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, MO
  • Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Mary's High School, St. Louis, MO 

    Teaching Experience

    • St. Dominic High School, O'Fallon, MO, June 1990-Feb. 1993