Archdiocese of St. Louis to Receive new Auxiliary - Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice

Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, praying at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.The Archdiocese of St. Louis is happy to announce the appointment of Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice, who will succeed Auxiliary Bishop-emeritus Robert J. Hermann as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Bishop-designate Rice said he has "a great love for the Church in St. Louis, and relying on the example and support of Bishop-emeritus Hermann, who served so faithfully, I too look forward to serving them in this new capacity." He was appointed Bishop-designate at 5:00 a.m. St. Louis time by Pope Benedict XVI, and will be ordained on January 13, 2011, by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Born in 1960, and having been a St. Louisan all his life, Bishop-designate Rice has touched the lives of many throughout the Archdiocese. He has served as a pastor or associate pastor at three different parishes, directed the Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, has given many retreats, and is currently the Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations.

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Bishop-designate Edward M. Rice

Press Conference and Video

The Archdiocese of St. Louis held a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on December 1, giving further details on Bishop-designate Rice's appointment. Video from the press conference is posted below: