Welcome Bishop-Elect Stephen Parkes

On July 8, 2020 Diocesan Administrator, Fr. Daniel Firmin, shared the wonderful news that we have a new Bishop-Elect.  We are blessed and honored to announce that Father Stephen Parkes , a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, has been named the 15th bishop of Savannah. We are deeply grateful to our Holy Father for this gift to our diocese. His ordination and installation will be at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Wednesday, September 23rd, the Feast of Saint Padre Pio. Details will be forthcoming. Please warmly welcome Bishop-elect Parkes to Savannah as he takes up the mantle of shepherding our diocese.  We humbly ask that you keep him in your prayers as he prepares for his ordination and installation.

EDUCATION

  • 1979-1983 Massapequa Hiugh School, Nassapequa, NY
  • 1983-1987, B.S. Business Administration/Marketing, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • 1992-1998, M.A. Theology/M.Div., St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Boynton Beach

EMPLOYMENT

Worked in Retail and Banking

ORDINATION

05/23/98, St. James Cathedral, Orlando by Bishop Norbert Dorsey, C.P.

ASSIGNMENTS

  • 1998-2005, Parochial Vicar of Annunciation Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs
  • 2005-2011, Parochial Administrator of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Oviedo
  • 2004-2011, Campus Minister of Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Central Florida
  • 2011- present, Pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church, Longwood

OTHER

  • Appointed Dean (Vicar Forane) of North Central Deanery in 2008
  • Spiritual Director and Board Member of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida 2008-2020
  • Served on the Investment and Audit Committees as a board member
  • Serves on Endowment Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe
  • Serves on the Diocese of Orlando Real Estate Committee since 2018
  • Serves on the Diocese of Orlando Seminary Admissions Committee since August 2011
  • Diocese of Orlando Clergy Representative for the Board of Trustees at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary since 2012
  • Serves on the Priests’ Personnel Board since 2012
  • Member of the College of Consultors since 2012
  • Chaplain for Legatus
  • Member of the Presybyteral Council since 2012
  • Graduate of Good Leaders, Good Shepherds through Catholic Leadership Institute
  • Participated in the three-year Institute for Priestly Formation Spiritual Direction Training Program for Diocesan Priests

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