This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 1, 2010 - Another St. Louis native will become a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. At noon Rome time today, the pope named Monsignor Edward M. Rice a bishop. He will serve in St. Louis, replacing the retiring Bishop Robert Hermann.
Though Rice will serve as an auxiliary bishop and rank under Archbishop Robert Carlson, in January he will become a full bishop with powers to confirm, and ordain deacons and bishops. He will have a full vote at the meetings of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.