On Monday, Pope Francis named Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola- Tallahassee the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, which includes the six Catholic parishes in Citrus County.
Parkes replaces Bishop Robert Lynch. Per papal decree, bishops must retire after reaching age 75. Lynch turned 75 on May 27. He had served as bishop since 1996.
Parkes, 52, grew up in Massapequa, New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University.