Bishop Parkes confirms he is 6-foot-8-inches tall. Yes, he did play basketball. And yes, he is the tallest bishop in the United States.
Bishop Parkes thanks retiring Bishop Robert Lynch for his more than 20 years of leading the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Bishop Parkes says in Spanish, "I speak a little Spanish" and gets a round of applause.
After the Gospel reading, Bishop Parkes will give his homily, or sermon.
After the responsorial psalm, the second reading will come from First Corinthians.
The first reading comes from the book of Sirach. And it is being read in Vietnamese.
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The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, reads the Papal Bull by Pope Francis announcing Bishop Parkes as the new bishop of St. Petersburg.
Bishop Gregory Parkes will be the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The first was Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin in 1968. The others were W. Thomas Larkin, John C. Favalora and the retiring bishop, Robert N. Lynch.
The greeting will be offered by the Most Rev. Thomas G. Wenski, archbishop of Miami.
The entrance hymm is "O God, Beyond All Praising."