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Gregory Parkes

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Gregory Lawrence Parkes
Bishop of St. Petersburg
Church Catholic Church
Archdiocese Miami
Diocese St. Petersburg
Appointed November 28, 2016
Installed January 4, 2017
Predecessor Robert Nugent Lynch
Ordination June 26, 1999
by Norbert Dorsey, C.P.
Consecration June 5, 2012
by Thomas Gerard Wenski, John Gerard Noonan, and Felipe de Jesús Estévez
Personal details
Born (1964-04-02) April 2, 1964 (age 53)
Mineola, New York
Previous post Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee
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Gregory Lawrence Parkes
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Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Gregory Lawrence Parkes (born April 2, 1964) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He is serving as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in the state of Florida since 2017.

Early life and education

Gregory Lawrence Parkes was born in Mineola, New York. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Florida State University. He studied for the priesthood at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he received a bachelor's degree in theology and a licentiate in canon law.[1] Parkes was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orlando by Bishop Norbert Dorsey, C.P. on June 26, 1999.[2][3]


After ordination Father Parkes served as the parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish in Orlando, Florida (1999–2005) and he was the founding pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Celebration, Florida from 2005–2012. He was also the chancellor of the Orlando diocese from 2005–2012 and its vicar general from 2009–2012.[1]

Episcopal career


Father Parkes was named the bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee by Pope Benedict XVI on March 20, 2012. His episcopal consecration took place on June 5, 2012 at St. Paul's Church in Pensacola. Archbishop Thomas Gerard Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami was the consecrating prelate. Bishops John Gerard Noonan of Orlando and Felipe de Jesús Estévez of St. Augustine were the co-consecrators.[2]

St. Petersburg

On November 28, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Parkes as the next bishop of St. Petersburg, to succeed Robert Nugent Lynch.[4]

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Episcopal succession

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert Nugent Lynch
Bishop of St. Petersburg
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Ricard
Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Succeeded by
William Albert Wack