ROME — The Vatican Tuesday announced that Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been named by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.

The Catholic News Agency says the announcement of Bishop Rice’s appointment was made at noon Rome time April 26 in a communique from the Vatican.

He will take over for Bishop James V. Johnston, who was installed as the new Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph Nov. 4, 2015.

The official announcement of Bishop Rice’s appointment to Springfield-Cape Girardeau will be made during a 10a.m. news conference Tuesday in Springfield.  A second news conference will follow Wednesday in Cape Girardeau.

He will be installed as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau June 1 during a 2 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Agnes in Springfield.

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The Catholic News Agency reports:  “Bishop Rice was born in St. Louis, Mississippi in July, 2960 and studied at the Cardinal Glennon College and the Kenrick- Glennon Seminary in St. Louis before being ordained a priest for the diocese Jan. 3, 1987.

In an April 26 press release, Archbishop Carlson said he is “extremely grateful” for Bishop Rice’s years of service in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and congratulated him on his new appointment.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis will hold a farewell celebration, including a Mass of Thanksgiving and reception, May 23 at 5 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.”