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.