The Most Reverend Mark S. Rivituso, J.C.L.
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
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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.
Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms of His Excellency, The Most Reverend, Mark Steven Rivituso, J.C.L., D.D. , Titular Bishop of Turuzi and Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis
Azure, a cross fleuretty Or; overall in base, a crescent amid a semé of stars, six to each side, Argent.
The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, that is the central and most important part of the design and tells to whom the design belongs, the external ornamentation, that tells the owner’s position or rank, and a motto, placed upon a scroll. By heraldic tradition the design is described (blazoned) as if being done by the bearer with the shield being worn on the arm. Thus, where it applies the terms “sinister” and “dexter” are reversed as the design is viewed from the front.
For the bishop who is without jurisdiction, as an Auxiliary Bishop, the entire shield of his design is given over to his personal arms.
On a blue field is a gold (yellow) cross fleuretty (each arm terminates in a fleur-de-lis), that is taken from the arms of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis that His Excellency, Bishop Rivituso has served as a priest, since his ordination in 1988, and that he will now serve in the fullness of the Holy Priesthood, as a bishop.
Overall, in the base of the design is a silver (white) crescent amid “a semé,” that is a scattering of twelve stars, six on each side of the crescent, all in silver (white). This symbolism is a classic representation for the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her title of the Immaculate Conception, as she is referred to in the beginning of the 12th Chapter of the Book of Revelation; “the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” As Mary was at the foot of Christ’s cross, so her symbolism as “our other Mother,” is placed within this design to know that as Christ gave His Mother to the Beloved Disciple, John, so too she is given to us as we are given to her. The crescent and stars also signify the twelve Apostles along with the crescent for Mary, Queen of the Apostles.
For his motto, His Excellency, Bishop Rivituso has adopted the phrase “CARITAS CHRISTI URGET NOS.” This Latin phrase from Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 5:14), tells us, that as Christians, believers in the totality Jesus as The Christ, in all that we do and all that we are, “The Love of Christ impels us.”
The achievement is completed with the external ornaments that are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that extends above and below the shield and a pontifical hat, called a galero, with its six tassels, in three rows, on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop by instruction of the Holy See, of March 1969.
Vicar General’s Ministry Team:
- Archdiocesan Operations
- Catholic Cemeteries
- Father Dempsey’s Charities
- Office of Laity and Family Life
- Office of the Permanent Diaconate
- Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
- Office of Worship
An official photo of Monsignor Rivituso, and other resources, are available in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Press Kit upon agreeing to the terms for proper usage.
- 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
- St. Dominic High School, O'Fallon, MO, June 1990-Feb. 1993