On November 28, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Parkes as the next bishop of St. Petersburg, to succeed Robert Nugent Lynch. He served until his retirement in 2005. __mtm = [ '5ae27a4486d2826053dcee59', 'cdn01.mzbcdn.net/mngr' ]; Necrology Diocese of St. Petersburg/Facebook Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg led a prayer service on Sunday, decrying racism and praying for peace, both in the Tampa Bay region and across the world. Bishop Stephen D. Parkes holds up the papal bull from Pope Francis naming him bishop of Savannah, Ga., as part of the rite of ordination Sept. 23, 2020, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. Archbishop Thomas Gerard Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami was the consecrating prelate. 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. He succeeded Bishop Robert Lynch who retired at the age of 75 and is serving as Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. … During his homily, the archbishop said Bishop Parkes, with the church and society, faces numerous challenges because of the pandemic, racial disharmony and economic upheaval. Sign up to get the latest Catholic news and stories delivered right to your inbox. Parkes called racism a sin and said, "it has plagued our country for far too long." (born 2 Apr 1964) I’ve always looked up to you physically, obviously,” he said to a few laughs, “but also, I admired your example, your witness of faith, your service to the church. Serving as a pastor or shepherd, a diocesan bishop is concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to his care, of whatever age, condition, or nationality they are, whether living in the five counties of our Diocese or staying here temporarily. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes was born on April 2, 1964, in Mineola, NY to Ronald and Joan Parkes. Gregory Lawrence “I realize that I am called not to fill their shoes, for that is not possible, but rather to stand on their shoulders so that together with our presbyterate today we move forward with hope and trust in God,” he said. “Vocations come from families. I assure you, you will always be the highest priest in our family.”. Since the diocese is a dual-city see, the arms have been divided in half (top and bottom), each half to honor one of the see cities. DeSales Media Group in the Diocese of Brooklyn Pope Francis appointed Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on November 28, 2016, and his Installation Mass was celebrated on January 4, 2017 at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Gregory L. Parkes was ordained and installed as the Fifth Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee on June 5, 2012, having been appointed to the position by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on March 20, 2012. (function() { var e = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; The new bishop delivered a brief message in Spanish to Latinos of the diocese during his comments. elem.async = true; “The pandemic has worn us down and made us fearful of the way forward,” he said. These arms are composed of a silver (white) field on which is displayed a red saltair (“X”) which is taken from the flag of the state of Florida, of which Tallahassee is the capital. “In banishing that sinfulness, we move toward justice and heal ourselves,” he said. var s = document.createElement('script'); The ceremony took place on the saint’s feast day. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Florida State University. The Parkes’ parents are deceased. Gregory Lawrence Parkes (born April 2, 1964) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. Parkes, 55, also said he always looked up to his older brother, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, 56, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and not just because his sibling stands 6 feet 8 inches tall. But then he comes from a family of tall people. Consistories | Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer OFM Conv. Gregory Lawrence Parkes was born in Mineola, New York. “I am grateful … Contributing to this report were Donnell Suggs and Robin Wright Gunn in Savannah. The brothers are the 11th set to become bishops in the United States. Bishop Parkes, 55, also said he always looked up to his older brother, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, 56, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and not just because his sibling stands 6 feet 8 inches tall. on June 26, 1999. His younger brother Stephen, also a priest, was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Savanah on July 8, 2020. Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg spoke at a vigil for peace at the Cathedral of St. Jude Sunday. During his homily, the archbishop said Parkes, the church and society faces numerous challenges because of the pandemic, racial disharmony and economic upheaval. The ceremony opened with a procession of priests of the diocese and bishops from Georgia and Florida in a cathedral partially filled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, 52, head of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese, and a former Tampa banker, will succeed Bishop Robert N. Lynch, who has led the Diocese of St. Petersburg for almost 21 years. Bishop Parkes’ parents and his older brother Christopher are deceased. “The pandemic has worn us down and made us fearful of the way forward. elem.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg led a prayer service on Sunday, decrying racism and praying for peace, both in the Tampa Bay region and across the world. Bishop Raymond J. Boland died in his native Ireland in 2014. Bishop Parkes was born April 2, 1964 in Mineola, NY. It would be a mistake of this local church to see these challenges as temporary or as limited in their implication for the life of the church of the Diocese of Savannah.”, The pandemic will permanently change “patterns of pastoral action and evangelization,” he said, cautioning that “there is a danger that the pandemic is creating a culture of increased disengagement that will continue long after a vaccine is found.”, Calling on Bishop Parkes to remember to address the exclusion of people because of their race or ethnic background, Archbishop Hartmayer said it was time to build “a true solidarity in the community of the church” by recognizing “the sinfulness that lies in all the structures and action of exclusion and exclusivity.”. Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg spoke at a vigil for peace at the Cathedral of St. Jude Sunday. var elem = document.createElement('script'); I invite the faithful of our diocese and of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee to join me in offering prayers of thanksgiving and to pray for Bishop Parkes as he transitions to shepherd the people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg,” Bishop Lynch said. }); Please contact the Bishop through the Diocese of. Until his appointment to Atlanta in March, Archbishop Hartmayer was the bishop of Savannah. The cross on a bishop’s coat of arms has one bar, while an archbishop’s cross has two. The new bishop said he was given the ring worn by Bishop Francis X. Gartland, the first bishop of Savannah, who was installed in 1850, and he felt privileged to continue the work of the 14 bishops and hundreds of priests who built the church in the diocese for 170 years. Bishops John Gerard Noonan of Orlando and Felipe de Jesús Estévez of St. Augustine were the co-consecrators.[2]. 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 his appointment, Bishop Parkes served in priestly ministry in his home Diocese of Orlando, Florida, for 22 years. At the bottom of the coat of arms is Bishop Parkes’ episcopal motto: “Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam” (“To Your Name, Give the Glory”) from Psalm 115. The main colors of red and gold recall the colors of the flag of Spain, for it was missionaries from that country who first brought the Gospel to Florida. The ceremony opened with a procession of priests of the diocese and bishops from Georgia and Florida in a cathedral partially filled because of the coronavirus pandemic. He holds a Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) Catholic TV. He is serving as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in the state of Florida since 2017. The most recent pair of brothers to serve congruently were Bishop J. Kevin Boland and Bishop Raymond J. Boland. “Sisters and brothers are facing immense suffering as they are plunged once again into the agony of suspending public life. })(); Replacing Bp. He attended his first Ad Limina meeting prior to consecration. 2401 Lake Park Drive SE • Smyrna, GA 30080 • 404-920-7430 | editor@georgiabulletin.org • webmaster@archatl.com, “Please whisper my name to the Almighty so I can be the shepherd the diocese deserves,”. During that time, he attended Christ the King Catholic Church in South Tampa. Bishop degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1998) and a Canon Law (J.C.L.) That sign, placed over a shield, is a particular version of an ecclesiastical hat that was worn in processions, as late as 1870. Roman Curia | Vacant | The most recent pair of brothers to serve congruently were Bishop J. Kevin Boland and Bishop Raymond J. Boland. Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg led a prayer service on Sunday, decrying racism and praying for peace, both … Eastern Catholic Churches. Pope Francis appointed Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on November 28, 2016, and his Installation Mass was celebrated on January 4, 2017 at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Most Rev. He succeeded Bishop Robert Lynch who retired at the age of 75 and is serving as Bishop … Titular | Living | Bishop Parkes has been critical of homosexuality; following the Supreme Court's 2015 gay marriage ruling, Bp. Bishop Raymond J. Boland died in his native Ireland in 2014. [4] He attended his second Ad Limina visit in 2019. Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola–Tallahassee, Historical list of the Catholic bishops of the United States, List of Catholic bishops of the United States, Lists of patriarchs, archbishops, and bishops, "Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Doran of Rockford, IL, Names Msgr. Before answering the call to the priesthood, Bishop Parkes worked for several years in Tampa’s banking industry. Ordained and installed as the 15th bishop of the diocese that covers 90 counties of southern Georgia, Bishop Parkes said he was inspired by the life of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, the Franciscan priest who received the stigmata and was canonized in 2002. “In banishing that sinfulness, we move toward justice and heal ourselves,” he said. Bishop Father Parkes was named the bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee by Pope Benedict XVI on March 20, 2012. Copyright © 2020 Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Bishop Stephen D. Parkes holds up the papal bull from Pope Francis naming him bishop of Savannah as part of the rite of ordination Sept. 23 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. Bishop Parkes has been critical of homosexuality; following the Supreme Court's 2015 gay marriage ruling, Bp. Watch Diocese of St. Petersburg's Installation of Bishop Gregory L. Parkes on Livestream.com. He served until his retirement in 2005. Bishop Parkes succeeds the retiring Bishop Robert N. Lynch, who has served as Bishop of St. Petersburg since his installation in 1996. degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (2000).