Current Seminarians

Richard Rivera, Jr.

Diocese of Tucson, Arizona


March 28

Ordination Year


Home Town

Sierra Vista, AZ

Home Parish

St Andrew the Apostle

Previous Career

Director of Youth Ministry


English and a little bit of Spanish


Hiking, Weightlifting, Scuba Diving, Indoor Rock Climbing, Encouraging others


My primary food source is coffee

Favorite Saint

St Bonaventure

Vocation Story

After attempting bull riding once, while serving as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Andrew the Apostle, I awakened to a deeper love for serving teens and a new passion for helping others in youth ministry. Growing up in a military family, I changed addresses often, teaching me to be a seeker of God’s constant presence, a welcoming friend, and a person who celebrates unexpected blessings. After over a decade in full-time ministry, I  wholeheartedly love Jesus and his Church .

Priest Aspirations

The Sacrament of Reconciliation! I can’t wait to help others experience the mercy of God in their daily lives.

Anything Else

My personal motto is “work hard, play hard, and pray harder.”

How can Mundelein's donors and community pray for you?

Please pray that I become the priest  God has envisioned.