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Archbishop Wenski attends ordination Mass for Savannah's new bishop

Bishop Stephen Parkes was an Orlando priest, as was his brother, now bishop of St. Petersburg

Archbishop Thomas Wenski witnesses the oath of office of Bishop-elect Stephen Parkes at vespers in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah, Sept 22, 2020. During his tenure as bishop of Orlando, Archbishop Wenski had named Bishop Stephen Parkes, and his brother, St. Petersburg Bishop Gregory Parkes, as pastors of two newly established parishes.

Photographer: COURTESY | Sr. Elizabeth Worley

Archbishop Thomas Wenski witnesses the oath of office of Bishop-elect Stephen Parkes at vespers in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah, Sept 22, 2020. During his tenure as bishop of Orlando, Archbishop Wenski had named Bishop Stephen Parkes, and his brother, St. Petersburg Bishop Gregory Parkes, as pastors of two newly established parishes.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski greets newly ordained Savannah Bishop Stephen Parkes at his ordination and installation Sept. 23, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. During his tenure as bishop of Orlando, Archbishop Wenski had named Bishop Stephen Parkes, and his brother, St. Petersburg Bishop Gregory Parkes, as pastors of two newly established parishes.

Photographer: COURTESY | Sr. Elizabeth Worley

Archbishop Thomas Wenski greets newly ordained Savannah Bishop Stephen Parkes at his ordination and installation Sept. 23, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah. During his tenure as bishop of Orlando, Archbishop Wenski had named Bishop Stephen Parkes, and his brother, St. Petersburg Bishop Gregory Parkes, as pastors of two newly established parishes.

SAVANNAH | Archbishop Thomas Wenski presided at the vespers and witnessed the ordination the next day of one of his former priests in Orlando, Bishop Stephen Parkes.

Bishop Parkes and his brother, Bishop Gregory Parkes of St. Petersburg, were both Orlando priests when Archbishop Wenski was the diocesan bishop there, from 2004 to 2010.

In 2012, Bishop Gregory was named bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee. He became bishop of St. Petersburg in 2016. On Sept. 23, 2020, his brother, Stephen, was ordained and installed as bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia.

Archbishop Wenski presided at his vespers the night before in Savannah's Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski blesses the new miter and crozier of Savannah's Bishop-elect Stephen Parkes (far left) during vespers Sept. 22, 2020 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah.  During his tenure as bishop of Orlando, Archbishop Wenski had named Bishop Stephen Parkes, and his brother, St. Petersburg Bishop Gregory Parkes, as pastors of two newly established parishes.

Photographer: COURTESY | Sr. Elizabeth Worley

Archbishop Thomas Wenski blesses the new miter and crozier of Savannah's Bishop-elect Stephen Parkes (far left) during vespers Sept. 22, 2020 in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah. During his tenure as bishop of Orlando, Archbishop Wenski had named Bishop Stephen Parkes, and his brother, St. Petersburg Bishop Gregory Parkes, as pastors of two newly established parishes.


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