A Church Fully Alive
in the Diocese of
In imitation of God, engaging all with a generosity of
mind, heart, and action.
Recognizing the dignity of every human person and responding with the love that each deserves as
a child of God.
Encouraging and inviting persons into relationship with Jesus Christ, and forming and nurturing these relationships.
Being the best stewards of the mission entrusted to each of us through our commitment to perform at the highest standards in all we do.
Helping people to grow to their full maturity in Christ based on a rich and deep understanding of Scripture and Tradition. It touches marriage and family, adult and child, leadership and discipleship, and community.
Inviting Others to the Faith
Spreading the Joy of the Gospel in both word and deed to the faithful, to those who are not living their baptismal call, and to those who have never known Jesus Christ.
Disciples in Action
Living out our Baptismal call and modeling Christ’s love as we serve the poor and our neighbor in need.
Bishop 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.
Bishop Parkes’ episcopal motto is “Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam” which translates to “To Your Name, Give the Glory” which is drawn from Psalm 115.