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

March 7, 2017
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ST. LOUIS The following statement was released this morning by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson:

I am very pleased by the action taken by Pope Francis today. The Holy Father has appointed Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso as Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis. Bishop-elect Rivituso was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John L. May in 1988. For nearly 30 years, he has served our archdiocese as a pastor, teacher, and Vicar General. His episcopal ordination is scheduled for May 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

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 has also earned a master’s degree and licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a Prelate of Honor with the title monsignor.

On behalf of all the clergy, religious, and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I want to offer our congratulations and thanks to Bishop-elect Rivituso for accepting the Holy Father’s call to continue his service to our local church in this new leadership role as auxiliary bishop.



Statement of Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso on his Appointment to Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis 

ST. LOUIS - The following statement was released this morning by Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso:

 I am profoundly touched by the confidence the Holy Father has placed in me.  I have asked him to keep me in his prayers and I have assured him of my prayers, respect, and obedience. 

At the same time I am honored that I can in some way assist Archbishop Carlson in his pastoral service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. 

I have a great love for the Church in St. Louis, and relying on the example of the previous auxiliary bishops of St. Louis, who served so faithfully, I, too, look forward to serving the Church in this new role.