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. He succeeded Bishop Robert Lynch who retired at the age of 75 and is serving as Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Bishop Parkes believes that serving for God’s glory is the guiding principle of his ministry, which is why he chose, “To your name give the glory” from Psalm 115, Verse 1 as his pastoral motto.
Prior to his appointment to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Bishop Parkes served as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee from 2012-2016. Before answering the call to priesthood, Bishop Parkes worked for several years in Tampa’s banking industry. During that time, he attended Christ the King Catholic Church in South Tampa.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. After much prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, he realized that God had other plans for his life and he began the path to priesthood. He entered the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach in 1993 and continued his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he graduated with a Sacred Bachelor of Theology (S.T.B.) and a Licentiate in Canon Law (J.C.L.).
He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Orlando by Bishop Norbert Dorsey on June 26, 1999.
His assignments after ordination included parochial vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando and pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration. Bishop Parkes served the Diocese of Orlando as Vicar General and Chancellor for Canonical Affairs while pastor of Corpus Christi Parish.
In 2016, Bishop Parkes was appointed to the board of Catholic Relief Services and began an appointment as Episcopal Liaison to the National Council of Catholic Women for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bishop Parkes was born on April 2, 1964, in Mineola, NY to Ronald and Joan Parkes. His brother Stephen is a priest of the Diocese of Orlando. Bishop Parkes’ parents and his older brother Christopher are deceased.