Priestly Assignment Changes in Orlando

Diocese of Orlando

This afternoon, Bishop John Noonan of the Diocese of Orlando announced the following official appointments:

  • Rev. John Giel is appointed Chancellor of Canonical Affairs and Vicar General, effective May 3, 2012. Rev. Giel replaces Bishop-elect Parkes who was recently named Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Fr. Giel also serves as pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Leesburg.
  • Rev. Jean Aland is appointed Parochial Vicar of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Oviedo, effective May 21, 2012.
  • Rev. Jesus Arroyave is appointed Parochial Vicar of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, effective May 21, 2012.
  • Rev. Alfonso Cely is appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, effective May 21, 2012.
  • Rev. Hector Vazquez is appointed Parochial Administrator of Saint Rose of Lima in Poinciana, effective May 21, 2012. (Rev. Alfredo Ortiz, pastor of St. Rose of Lima is granted a temporary medical leave effective May 21, 2012.)
  • Rev. Richard Trout is appointed Pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration, effective May 21, 2012.
  • Rev. Richard Voor is appointed Parochial Administrator of All Souls Catholic Church, effective May 21, 2012.
  • Rev. Anthony Onysi Banye is appointed Parochial Vicar of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indiatlantic, effective June 1, 2012.
  • Rev. Gabriel Kamienski, SDS is appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Titusville, effective June 1, 2012.
  • Rev. Vilaire Phillius is appointed Parochial Vicar of St. James Cathedral, effective June 1, 2012.

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Light of Faith Awards

I’ll be attending the Light of Faith Awards and Communications Conference today at the Diocese of Orlando Chancery. I’ll have full recap later. If you’d like to watch the livestream of the prayer service and awards ceremony hosted by Bishop John Noonan starting at five, follow this link: The livestream should be available at 5:30 p.m.



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Bishop-elect Parkes

This morning, Pope Benedict XVI named Very Rev. Gregory Parkes, 47, current Vicar General and Chancellor of Canonical Affairs of the Diocese of Orlando, as Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. He succeeds Bishop John Ricard whose resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI last March.

Fr. Gregory Parkes graduated from the Pontifical North American College in 2000 with a Licentiate Degree in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood by our beloved Bishop Norbert Dorsey on June 26, 1999 in the Cathedral of St. James.

After ordination he served as parochial vicar of Holy Family Catholic Church in West Orlando and as Pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration. He has also served as a member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, Priest Placement Board, Presbyteral Council, Incardination Committee, and College of Consultors. Bishop-elect Parkes also serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL which he attended as a seminarian.

In December 2004, then-Bishop Thomas Wenski appointed Father Gregory as the Chancellor of Canonical Affairs for the Diocese of Orlando. In 2009, Wenski appointed him Vicar General of the Diocese of Orlando as Monsignor Patrick Caverly was preparing to retire from the post.

Bishop-elect Parkes (left) at the dedication of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Celebration.

Father Gregory becomes the first priest of the Diocese of Orlando to be named a bishop. But, he also very well maybe the tallest bishop in the United States. Towering over all the priests of the Diocese of Orlando, the Bishop-elect comes in at just shy of 7-feet tall—no, I am not exaggerating. With a miter on his head, I wonder if they’ll have to raise the doors of the Co-Cathedrals in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

Father Gregory’s brother, Stephen, is also a priest of the Diocese of Orlando and currently serves as Pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. And, if you’re wondering, he is nearly as tall as his brother.

On a personal note, over the last several years, I have had the privilege of getting to know Fr. Gregory quite well. In fact, Archbishop Wenski used to point out to me how I looked like a shrimp when Father Gregory would stand next to me. As a seminarian, Fr. Gregory and the parish of Corpus Christi sponsored me and made sure that I had everything I needed while studying at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. To this day, every time I see Father Gregory, he asks me how things are going. That’s just the type of person he is. The people of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee have received a tremendous gift.

The people of the Diocese of Orlando rejoice with Fr. Gregory and wish him the best of luck. He will be in our prayers as he embarks on the next phase of his journey of priestly service. Congratulations, Father Greg! You always have a home in Orlando.

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Please join us as we stand with others around the nation in solidarity to oppose and speak out against President Obama’s HHS Mandate with the “Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom!” This event will be taking place in cities and towns across the United States on March 23 at Noon.

This “Mandate” from Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services forces employers to provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans.

Even Catholic and other Christian hospitals, universities and charities are being ordered to obey the HHS Mandate, in direct opposition to Christian morals teaching.

Join the Orlando, FL Rally for Religious Freedom as we pray, worship and speak out against this injustice and help stop this unprecedented assault on religious liberty!

Federal Courthouse
401 West Central Boulevard (corner of Central and Hughey)

March 23, 2012

Contact: orlando@standupforreligiou​

More Info: http://​StandUpForReligiousFreedom.​com/

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Diocese of Orlando

On Friday, March 16, Bishop John Noonan and the Diocese of Orlando announced the following appointments:

  • Fr. Edward Waters, Pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake
  • Fr. Ybain Ramirez, Pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Casselberry
  • Fr. Augustine Clark, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Orlando
  • Fr. Derk Schudde, Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park
  • Fr. Gilbert Medina, Pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, Eustis
  • Very Rev. Gregory Parkes, Pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Celebration

The priests named as pastors today were previously serving as Parochial Administrators of their assigned parishes. You might be wondering what the difference is between a Parochial Administrator and a Pastor? For that, we turn to Canon Law:

Canon 519: The parish priest is the proper pastor of the parish entrusted to him. He exercises the pastoral care of the community entrusted to him under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, whose ministry of Christ he is called to share, so that for this community he may carry out the offices of teaching, sanctifying and ruling with the cooperation of other priests or deacons and with the assistance of lay members of Christ’s faithful, in accordance with the law.

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