Gregory L. Parkes
Pope Benedict XVI has named 48-year-old Father Gregory L. Parkes of the clergy of the Diocese of Orlando as bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Bishop-elect Parkes has served the Orlando diocese as Vicar General and Chancellor for Canonical Affairs and as the pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Celebration, Florida.
The appointment was publicized in Washington March 20, 2012 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Gregory L. Parkes was born in Mineola, NY. 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. 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 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.
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando from 2000-2004 and parochial administrator and pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Celebration, Florida, from 2005-present.
In addition to serving as vicar general and chancellor for canonical affairs for the Orlando diocese, Bishop-elect Parkes has also served at the diocesan level on the College of Consultors, the Finance Committee, the Priest Placement Board, the Presbyteral Council, and the Incardination Committee. He serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who has served the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee as apostolic administrator since the retirement of Bishop John H. Ricard in March 2011 due to health reasons, said of Bishop-elect Parkes, “Bishop-elect Parkes served me well in a variety of capacities when I was the Bishop of Orlando. The Holy Father has made an excellent choice in Bishop-elect Parkes, he is a good priest and a holy man. I am confident that he will serve the people of Pensacola-Tallahassee well whom I have grown very fond of during my year as their Apostolic Administrator. As Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of Miami, I look forward to Bishop-elect Parkes’ future ministry here in Florida as a successor to the Apostles.”
Our Bishop Emeritus
Most Rev. John H. Ricard was born February 29, 1940, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and upon completion of high school entered the Josephite College Seminary in Newburgh, New York. He completed his theological training at St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1968, a member of the St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart (S.S.J.). After ordination, Bishop Ricard continued his studies, earning a master’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1970 and a doctoral degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1984. He served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington from the time of his ordination to the priesthood until he was named auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Bishop Ricard moved to Pensacola from the Archdiocese of Baltimore where he served as auxiliary bishop from the time of his ordination as a bishop on July 2, 1984.
In addition to serving as the shepherd for the diocese’s Catholics, Bishop Ricard has served in national and international roles within the Catholic Church. He traveled on frequent peace-building missions abroad, notably to Bosnia, North Korea and to many of the nations of Africa, as the president and later a board member of Catholic Relief Services (1995 to 2002), the church’s international agency devoted to promoting human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies. Bishop Ricard also served as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace (2002 to 2005). He serves on the board of trustees of the National Black Catholic Congress. He has served as chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Church in Africa (2006 to 2011).
Bishop Ricard suffered a stroke on Dec. 22, 2009 and had subsequent surgeries to correct complications from the stroke. His retirement due to health reasons was granted by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on March 11, 2011.
LET NOTHING BE DONE WITHOUT THE BISHOP
“See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude[of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize or to celebrate a love-feast; but whatsoever he shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid.”
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