Pope Benedict XVI names Father Gregory L. Parkes of Orlando bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Bishop-elect Parkes' ordination to the episcopacy and installation as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee will be June 5, 2012, at 2 p.m. (CDT) at St. Paul Catholic Church, 3131 Hyde Park Rd., Pensacola, Fla. In addition to the Ordination and Installation on June 5, Bishop-elect Parkes will celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 3308 E. 15th St., Panama City, on Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. (CDT) with a reception to follow and at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 900 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, on Sunday, June 10, at 11:45 a.m. (EDT) with a reception to follow. As more details are confirmed, they will be published.
Pope Benedict XVI has named 48-year-old Father Gregory L. Parkes of the clergy of the Diocese of Orlando as bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Bishop-elect Parkes has served the Orlando diocese as Vicar General and Chancellor for Canonical Affairs and as the pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Celebration, Florida.
The appointment was publicized in Washington March 20, 2012 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano', apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Parkes was born in Mineola, NY. He attended St. Rose of Lima School in Massapequa, NY, Massapequa High School and Daytona Beach Community College before earning a bachelor's degree in finance from Florida State University. Prior to entering the seminary he worked in the banking industry in Tampa, Florida. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida from 1993-1996 and the Pontifical North American College in the Vatican City State from 1996-2000. He holds a Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1998) and a Canon Law (J.C.L.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (2000). He was ordained a priest of the Orlando diocese by Bishop Norbert Dorsey on June 26, 1999.
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando from 2000-2004 and parochial administrator and pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Celebration, Florida, from 2005-present.
In addition to serving as vicar general and chancellor for canonical affairs for the Orlando diocese, Bishop-elect Parkes has also served at the diocesan level on the College of Consultors, the Finance Committee, the Priest Placement Board, the Presbyteral Council, and the Incardination Committee. He serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who has served the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee as apostolic administrator since the retirement of Bishop John H. Ricard in March 2011 due to health reasons, said of Bishop-elect Parkes, "Bishop-elect Parkes served me well in a variety of capacities when I was the Bishop of Orlando. The Holy Father has made an excellent choice in Bishop-elect Parkes, he is a good priest and a holy man. I am confident that he will serve the people of Pensacola-Tallahassee well whom I have grown very fond of during my year as their Apostolic Administrator. As Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Miami, I look forward to Bishop-elect Parkes' future ministry here in Florida as a successor to the Apostles."
Bishop-elect Parkes' statement
Photo: Bishop-elect Parkes
Curriculum Vitae: Bishop-elect Parkes
Backgrounder: The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, its history and its bishops