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.