Bishop Gregory L. Parkes was born on April 2, 1964, in Mineola, NY to Ronald and Joan Parkes. 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, and was a parishioner at Christ the King Parish, 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 Bachelor of 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.
His assignments after ordination to priesthood included: parochial vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando from 2000-2004 and the pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration from 2005-2012. Bishop Parkes served the Orlando diocese as Vicar General and Chancellor for Canonical Affairs while serving as pastor of Corpus Christi Parish.
Bishop Parkes was ordained and installed as the fifth Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee on June 5, 2012, having been to the position by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on March 20, 2012. Bishop Parkes succeeded Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ, as Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
In January 2016, Bishop Parkes began an appointment as Episcopal Liaison to the National Council of Catholic Women for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
On November 28, 2016, Bishop Parkes was appointed the fifth Bishop of St. Petersburg by His Holiness, Pope Francis. Bishop Parkes was installed as the fifth Bishop of St. Petersburg on January 4, 2017. He succeeded Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, who served the Diocese since 1996.
Bishop Parkes has a brother, Father Stephen Parkes, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando. The Parkes’ parents and brother Christopher are deceased.