Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice named Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Bishop Edward Rice. (Source: Archdiocese of St. Louis)

Bishop Edward Rice. (Source: Archdiocese of St. Louis)

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A local auxiliary bishop has been appointed to lead a neighboring diocese.

In an announcement Tuesday morning (local time) in Rome, Pope Francis appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis Edward Rice to the position of Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

Bishop Rice will be the seventh bishop of the diocese.

Bishop Rice was ordained a priest in January 1987 and served as a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis since that time: he was associate pastor at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish (1987-1991), religion teacher at St. Mary’s High School (1991-1995), director at Cardinal Glennon College Seminary (1995-2000), pastor at St. John the Baptist (2000-2008) and eventually that church’s director of vocations (2008-2010). Pope Benedict bestowed the title of monsignor on then-Fr. Rice in July 2008 and auxiliary bishop in December 2010.

Bishop Rice will be installed in the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese on Wednesday, June 1 in Springfield. Meanwhile, a farewell mass and reception is scheduled at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on Monday, May 23 at 5 p.m.