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Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Gregory L. Parkes as Next Bishop of St. Petersburg

November 28, 2016News

With great joy we announce that His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed Most Reverend Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida! Bishop Parkes succeeds the retiring Bishop Robert N. Lynch, who has served as Bishop of St. Petersburg since his installation in 1996.
There will be a press conference introducing Bishop Parkes at 10:30 a.m. on November 28, 2016. The press conference will be broadcast live on diocesan radio station WBVM Spirit FM 90.5 (listen online at and live video streamed on our website and Facebook page.
“I am filled with joy that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Parkes as the new Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. I invite the faithful of our diocese and of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee to join me in offering prayers of thanksgiving and to pray for Bishop Parkes as he transitions to shepherd the people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg,” Bishop Lynch said.
During this time of transition, we invite everyone to join us in prayers of thanksgiving for Bishop Parkes, our diocese, and for the many years of faithful service by Bishop Lynch. The prayers and intercessions are listed below.
Photo of Bishop Parkes (photo 1 | photo 2)
A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Our New Bishop (Word | PDF | Social Media Graphic)
God our Father and Creator,
From ancient days, you have promised to provide shepherds after your own heart, to guide your people wisely and prudently. In your abundant goodness, you have faithfully cared for the pastoral leadership of the Diocese of St. Petersburg for nearly fifty years.
We thank you for the ministry and example of Bishop Robert Lynch for over two decades and we ask you to grant him many joyful, healthy years of retirement.
With gratitude, we celebrate the appointment of our new bishop, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, to lead us as we continue to build the Kingdom of God in this world.
As we joyfully welcome Bishop Parkes into our midst, pour out upon him the gifts of your Holy Spirit to strengthen him for his ministry in our local Church and beyond.
Through his faithful response to your call, may he come to know the vibrant faith, love and support of the clergy, religious and lay people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
United with our bishop in the mission of the Church, we make this prayer through your Son, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.


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