There’s a new ‘Bulldog’ in town: Bishop-designate Edward Rice pops in at NDHS

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HONORARY BULLDOG—To close a whirlwind 36 hours in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice popped into Notre Dame Regional High School on his way back to St. Louis on April 27. “I ask that you begin praying for me today,” said Bishop-designate Rice, “as I have been praying for you for five years!” *Click on photo for gallery*

To close a whirlwind 36 hours in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice popped into Notre Dame Regional High School on his way back to St. Louis on April 27. Pope Francis had only named him the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau a day before on April 26. Bishop-designate Rice was in Springfield and Cape Girardeau less than two days in order to greet the people of the Church in Southern Missouri. He will be installed in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on June 1.

Upon his arrival, Principal Brother David Migliorino, OSF, greeted Bishop-designate Rice, who walked into the school to thunderous applause.  He was quickly given a school hat and t-shirt, ushering him in as a honorary Notre Dame ‘Bulldog.’ Bishop-designate Rice quickly put it on and greeted the students concerning his excitement about being the next bishop. He talked to them briefly about the gift of Catholic education and their discipleship. He blessed them, they said the school prayer together, and he was given an all-school cheer!

“I ask that you begin praying for me today,” said Bishop-designate Rice, “as I have been praying for you for five years!”

Watch the video here of Bishop-designate at Notre Dame.

 

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Press conference introduces bishop-designate to Springfield area

HISPANIC MINISTRY—Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice shared a laugh with Director of Hispanic Ministry Milagros Calvetti in The Catholic Center April 26. Diocesan staff had an opportunity to greet the man whom Pope Francis appointed that same morning as the next Shepherd for southern Missouri. (Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)
HISPANIC MINISTRY—Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice shared a laugh with Director of Hispanic Ministry Milagros Calvetti in The Catholic Center April 26. Diocesan staff had an opportunity to greet the man whom Pope Francis appointed that same morning as the next Shepherd for southern Missouri. (Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror) *Click on photo for gallery*

On April 26 in Rome, Pope Francis answered the prayers of the faithful in southern Missouri when he announced at noon (5 a.m. in southern Missouri) that The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, has been named the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has been Vacant since the installation of The Most Reverend James V. Johnston as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph on November 4, 2015.

“The Diocese has been at prayer that the Holy Spirit will send us a bishop. Bishop Rice comes to us with strong administrative and pastoral experience,” said Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy, who has served the Church in Southern Missouri as Administator since November. “We are grateful for having such wonderful bishops in our 60-year history, and we now look forward to the leadership of Bishop Rice.” Read more

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Digital Media Kit for Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice

Press Release

Statement and Curriculum Vitae

Coat of Arms

Diocesan Statistics

Diocesan Map

How a Bishop is Appointed

Symbols of a Bishop

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Porn and the curse of total sexual freedom

(Image by Rayi Christian Wicaksono via Unsplash.com)
(Image by Rayi Christian Wicaksono via Unsplash.com)

The most recent issue of Time Magazine features a fascinating and deeply troubling article on the prevalence of pornography in our culture. The focus of the piece is on the generation of young men now coming of age, the first generation who grew up with unlimited access to hardcore pornography on the Internet. The statistics on this score are absolutely startling. Most young men commence their pornography use at the age of 11; there are approximately 107 million monthly visitors to adult Websites in this country; 12 million hours a day are spent watching porn globally on the adult-video site Pornhub; 40 percent of boys in Great Britain say that they regularly consume pornography—and on and on. Read more

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Kindergarten students celebrate learning alphabet

ALPHABET KIDS—​The kindergarten class of Guardian Angel School in Oran, MO​,​ celebrated Letter People Week from April 25​-​29​, 2016​. On Monday, each student came to school dressed as one of the letter people. Pictured are: Kasyn Seabaugh as Mr. N​;​ Dane Loper as Miss S​; ​Colton Uhrhan as Miss K​; ​Adisyn Seabaugh as Miss A​; ​Rylie Priggel as Mr. Z​; ​and Alliston Estep as Mr. I.​ (The Mirror)​
ALPHABET KIDS—​The kindergarten class in Guardian Angel School in Oran, MO​,​ celebrated Letter People Week from April 25​-​29​, 2016​. On Monday, each student came to school dressed as one of the letter people. Pictured are: Kasyn Seabaugh as Mr. N​;​ Dane Loper as Miss S​; ​Colton Uhrhan as Miss K​; ​Adisyn Seabaugh as Miss A​; ​Rylie Priggel as Mr. Z​; ​and Alliston Estep as Mr. I.​ (The Mirror)​

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St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop headed to the Ozarks

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Review (stlouisreview.com); it is reprinted with permission.

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Bishop-designate Rice greets Springfield-Cape Girardeau

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How Bishops Are Appointed

Introduction

The ultimate decision in appointing bishops rests with the Pope, and he is free to select anyone he chooses. But how does he determine the man to select?
The process for selecting candidates for the episcopacy normally begins at the diocesan level and works its way through a series of consultations until it reaches Rome. It is a process bound by strict confidentiality and involves a number of important players – the most influential being the Apostolic Nuncio, the Congregation for Bishops, and the Pope. It can be a time-consuming process, often taking eight months or more to complete. While there are distinctions between the appointment of a priest to the Office of Bishop, a bishop’s later transfer to another diocese, or a bishop’s promotion to archbishop, the basic outlines of the process remain the same.

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CURRICULUM VITAE for The Most Reverend EDWARD M. RICE

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(Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)
(Photo by Dean Curtis/The Mirror)

Ordained to the priesthood in 1987, Bishop Edward Matthew Rice most recently served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Auxiliary Bishop from 2011 to 2016. Bishop Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and a Master of Divinity Degree. He was appointed the seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on April 26, 2016 by his Holiness, Pope Francis. His Installation to the Church in Southern Missouri was June 1, 2016.

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