Father Riessling was born on 26 August 1851 in the Selz (south Russia). He was ordained on 21 June 1877 in Semenovka. He also served in Köhler. In 1880 he was in Luzern. From 1882 to 1904, he served the parish in Katharinenstadt.
A group of Catholic priests serving the German-speaking populations of Russia. Father Riessling, seated far right. Source: Germans from Russia Heritage Collection of North Dakota State University.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Katholischer Teil (Stuttgart: Selbstverlag Joseph Schnurr, 1972): 176.