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Bishop RizzottoMost Reverend Vincent M. Rizzotto
Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston                                    En Español

Born the youngest of nine children, Vincent M. Rizzotto grew up in a tight-knit family that was close to each other and to the Church. That spiritual closeness may very well have been the bed seed for his vocation to the priesthood, which has included most recently his service as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese.

Bishop Rizzotto was raised in Houston, attending Holy Name Grammar School and graduating from St. Thomas High School in 1949, prior to entering St. Mary Seminary (when it was located in La Porte). Ordained a diocesan priest on May 26, 1956, he furthered his studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He obtained a Licentiate of Canon Law in 1963. He served as an official of the diocesan marriage Tribunal from 1967 to 1972 and was pastor of All Saints Church from 1969 to 1972.

He was pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church from 1972 to 1982, and was raised to the rank of Monsignor on Sept. 14, 1978. He served as pastor of St. Cecilia Church from 1982 to 2002. He has served in multiple Archdiocesan roles, including: Vicar General; Chair of the Priests Personnel Board; Vicar for African American Catholics; and Secretariat Director for Chaplaincy Services and Clergy Formation.

On June 22, 2001, Bishop Rizzotto was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston and Titular Bishop of Lamasba by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on July 31, 2001 from Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, with then-San Antonio Archbishop Patrick Flores and then-Austin Bishop John McCarthy as co-consecrators. Bishop Rizzotto selected as his episcopal motto, "Make Us One in Christ."

Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Bishop Rizzotto retired as auxiliary bishop on Nov. 6, 2006.

As a priest and pastor at numerous parishes in the Archdiocese, Bishop Rizzotto was renowned for making liturgy the center of parish life. "I have a passion for the Church's liturgy and its grace filled possibilities," he said.

Also a lover of golf, Bishop Rizzotto hosts an annual spring golf tournament to benefit St. Dominic Village, the only Catholic retirement facility in the Archdiocese.