29 June 2011

Monsignor Rivituso Named Vicar General for the Archdiocese

From the Review story by the inestimable Jennifer Brinker:

Archbishop Carlson appoints Msgr. Rivituso as vicar general

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has appointed Msgr. Mark S. Rivituso, JCL, as vicar general for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Msgr. Rivituso, 49, has been serving as 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.

His new appointment is effective Aug. 1.

A vicar general aids the archbishop in the administration of the Archdiocese. Msgr. Rivituso succeeds Msgr. Vernon E. Gardin, who has served as vicar general since 2004 and recently returned to parish ministry as pastor of Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights.

Msgr. Rivituso will share the office of vicar general with Bishop Edward M. Rice, who was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese in January. Msgr. Rivituso will be 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 also will remain pastor of Cure of Ars.

"I am honored to accept this appointment as vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Louis," said Msgr. Rivituso. "It is a privilege for me to assist Archbishop Carlson in his pastoral and administrative duties.

"I want to express my personal gratitude to our archbishop for his support and confidence in my abilities, as well as to thank Msgr. Vernon Gardin for his past dedicated and generous service as vicar general," he continued. "I ask for your prayers as I humbly serve the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis."

In his appointment letter, Archbishop Carlson said: "In conferring upon you (Monsignor Rivituso) the office of Vicar General, I thank you for your generous willingness to accept the weighty responsibility of the office, for love of God and of His holy people, the Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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."

Msgr. Rivituso was ordained a priest for the archdiocese at the St. Louis Cathedral (now Cathedral Basilica of St. 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.[...]


Michael Bavlsik said...

Msgr. Rivituso is the finest example of a man living the Gospel I have ever seen. He is a spectacular priest and an intelligent, caring human being. The Archdiocese is blessed to have such a person assuming this leadership role. Deo gratias!

Anonymous said...

I can't say that i know him well, but I agree with Michael, from what I have heard, he is a fine priest.