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Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis

March 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named the Reverend Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso as auxiliary bishop of Saint Louis, Missouri. Monsignor Rivituso, 55, is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and currently serves as Vicar General.         

The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 7, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Mark Rivituso was born September 20, 1961 in St. Louis. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cardinal Glennon College and earned a master's degree in Divinity from Kenrick Seminary. He also holds licentiate and master's degrees in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. He was ordained a priest on January 16, 1988.

Assignments after ordination include: associate pastor at St. Ambrose Parish, St. Louis, 1988-1990; part-time associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Dardenne Prairie, 1990- 1993; part-time associate pastor and temporary administrator of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, St. Louis, 1993-1994; part-time associate pastor of St. Jerome Parish, Bissell Hills, 1996-2004; in residence at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, St. Louis, 2004-2008; Pastor of the Curé of Ars Parish, Shrewsbury, 2008-2013; in residence at Annunciation Parish, Webster Groves, 2013-present, and vicar general, Archdiocese of St. Louis, 2011-present.

Mark Rivituso has also served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as judicial vicar of the Tribunal of Second Instance from 2005-2011, and on staff at the Metropolitan Tribunal from 1993-1994 and 1996-2004. He was also associate master of ceremonies to the Archbishop from 1997-2008.

The Archdiocese of Saint Louis comprises 5,968 square miles in the state of Missouri. It has a total population of 2,246,000 people of which 515,251 or approximately 23 percent, are Catholic.  

Keywords: Pope Francis, bishop appointment, Auxiliary Bishop-elect Rev. Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso, Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Archdiocese of St. Louis.  

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Judy Keane


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