Current Seminarians

Richard Rivera, Jr.

Diocese of Tucson, Arizona

Birthday

March 28

Ordination Year

2022

Home Town

Sierra Vista, AZ

Home Parish

St Andrew the Apostle

Undergraduate

University of Arizona (2005, Marketing)

Previous Career

Parish Youth Minister

Languages

English and a little bit of Spanish

Hobbies

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

Tidbit

My primary food source is coffee

Favorite Saint

St Bonaventure

Vocation Story

After attempting bull riding, 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 still wholeheartedly love Jesus and his Church but feel a special invitation to live it out differently.

Priest Aspirations

The Sacrament of Reconciliation! I’d love 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 man God has envisioned.