Our bishops then and now


The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice
June 1, 2016 – current

Read: The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice named Seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau here
Read: STATEMENT of BISHOP EDWARD M. RICE on his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau here
Read: CURRICULUM VITAE for The Most Reverend EDWARD M. RICE here



The Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Jr., DD, JCL


— Jan. 24, 2008 – Nov. 4, 2015

Read: Pastoral Letter on the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary here
Read: Pastoral Letter on the Sacred Liturgy and Liturgical Norms here


The Most Rev. John J. Leibrecht, DD, PhD — Oct. 23, 1984 – Jan. 24, 2008

Read: Sharing God’s Life Together—Being Catholic in the Bible Belt here

Diocesan History-The Diocese Today 1984-2007


His Eminence Bernard Cardinal Law, DD — Oct. 22, 1973 – Jan. 23, 1984

Diocesan History-Challenges Met 1973-1984
Read: Article on his death here.



His Eminence William Cardinal Baum, STD — Feb. 18, 1970 – May 9, 1973

Diocesan History-Shaping the Future 1970-1973



The Most Rev. Ignatius J. Strecker, DD, STD — April 7, 1962 – Sept. 10, 1969

Diocesan History-Vatican II Perspectives 1962-1969



The Most Rev. Charles H. Helmsing, DD — Aug. 24, 1956 – Jan. 27, 1962

Read: ‘On Directing Our Intentions,’ First pastoral gives blueprint of diocese here

Diocesan History—A New Diocese 1956-1962

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