Showing the Salvatorian humanity and humor,
Clr. Ricardo Rivera Gutierrez has taken TikTok by storm.
The ever-changing and growing presence of social media opens the door for new ways to communicate and share the Salvatorian charisms. Adapting to the times has a significant role in how we are called to respond.
Cleric Ricardo Rivera Gutierrez, SDS, professed his first vows this past summer. In just a few months he has been burning up the internet, gaining more than 70,000 followers on his TikTok account, which is geared toward Spanish-speaking viewers.
His account, named Arquero_de_Dios, translates to Archer of God. “The name seemed very fitting to me because I am trying to create a bridge – an arch – for people to really know the Salvatorians,” he said. For content ideas, he counts on the support of his novice director, Fr. David Cooney SDS, other Salvatorians, and has recently started collaborating with other Catholic Tik-Tockers.
He’s gaining attention on Catholic radio and television in Chile, Argentina, Columbia, and, most recently, a station in Los Angeles, California.
“I hope to share a glimpse of life ‘beyond the collar’ with viewers and listeners. My goal is to have them see that religious are human like everyone else. We laugh; we cry; we get frustrated; and we like to have fun too,” said Ricardo. “I want to share our Salvatorian charisms and humanity, and encourage vocations.”