How Bishops Are Appointed


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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(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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The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice named Seventh Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.
©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

April 26, 2016

Today in Rome, Pope Francis 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. Read more

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STATEMENT of BISHOP EDWARD M. RICE on his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.
©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

April 26, 2017

I am humbled by the confidence of the Holy Father and I am grateful or his support in appointing me the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. In that role I wish to extend to Pope Francis the prayers and love of the clergy, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

I am grateful to Monsignor Thomas E. Reidy who has administered the Diocese since the appointment of Bishop Johnston to the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph last year. I look forward to building on the good work of Bishop James Johnston and of course, Bishop John Leibrecht, the beloved Bishop-emeritus of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, whom I have known since my high school days parking cars at the Old Cathedral in St. Louis. Read more

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Diocesan Development Position, Parish Campaign Director

Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Springfield, Missouri 65806

One Church, East to West: Loving Jesus, Serving Jesus, Sharing Jesus


Date Posted: April 15, 2016

Parish Campaign Director
Full-Time Temporary Position (7-8 months)

Minimum Qualifications:
Practicing Catholic in good standing and active in a parish
Bachelor’s Degree in related field
Ability to work as a team member
Strong written and oral communication skills
Highly organized and detail oriented
Ability to follow instructions
Problem solving skills
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Knowledge of annual, major and/or capital giving programs (helpful, but not necessary)
Valid driver’s license

Organization: The Diocese of Springfield–Cape Girardeau spreads across 39 counties in southern Missouri. It contains over 25,000 square miles. The diocese consists of 66 parishes, 18 missions and 4 chapels. Its sacred purpose is for Catholics in the diocese to joyfully live their Catholic faith as intentional disciples, leading all to a full life in Jesus Christ.

Accountability: Director of Development and Properties & Campaign Consultant

Office Location:
The Catholic Center, Springfield, MO
Travel throughout southern Missouri

Assist in the implementation of parish campaigns in southern Missouri
Work with pastors, parish secretaries and volunteers in parishes
Help develop prospect list in parishes
Draft various campaign letters and other communications in assigned parishes
Prepare bulletin announcements in assigned parishes
Monitor campaign plans and strategies on the parish level
Assist in training volunteers in assigned parishes
Monitor campaign progress in assigned parishes
Provide campaign progress reports to the Director of Development and Properties and to the campaign consultant
Perform other duties assigned by the Director of Development and Properties and by the campaign consultant

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Deadline: Resumes are due by 4:00 pm on Fri., May 27, 2016.

Direct inquires to:

Dr. Gene Aug, The Catholic Center, 601 South Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65806,

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