Open main menu

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.

Gregory Lawrence Parkes

Bishop of St. Petersburg
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseSt. Petersburg
AppointedNovember 28, 2016
InstalledJanuary 4, 2017
PredecessorRobert Nugent Lynch
OrdinationJune 26, 1999
by Norbert Dorsey, C.P.
ConsecrationJune 5, 2012
by Thomas Gerard Wenski, John Gerard Noonan, and Felipe de Jesús Estévez
Personal details
Born (1964-04-02) April 2, 1964 (age 55)
Mineola, New York
Previous postBishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Styles of
Gregory Lawrence Parkes
Coat of arms of Gregory Lawrence Parkes (Saint Petersburg).svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Early life and educationEdit

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 careerEdit

Bishop of Pensacola-TallahasseeEdit

Coat of Arms as Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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]

Bishop of St. PetersburgEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Doran of Rockford, IL, Names Msgr. David Malloy to Succeed Him; Names Father Gregory Parkes of Diocese of Orlando, FL, as Bishop Of Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Bishop Gregory Lawrence Parkes". Retrieved August 17, 2012.[self-published source]
  3. ^ "Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee". Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Harris, Elise (November 28, 2016). "Pope taps Tallahassee bishop to lead St. Petersburg diocese". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved January 6, 2017.

External linksEdit

Episcopal successionEdit

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