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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

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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)

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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