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WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of 76-year-old Bishop Thomas Doran from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, and appointed Msgr. David Malloy, 56, former general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to succeed him. The pope also appointed Father Gregory Parkes, vicar general of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, succeeding 72- year-old Bishop John Ricard, SSJ, who resigned for health reasons last year.
The resignation and appointments were publicized in Washington, March 20, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
David Malloy was born February 3, 1956, in Milwaukee. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Marquette University, and then studied for the priesthood at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee and North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest for the archdiocese in 1983.
Prior to ordination he earned a bachelor's degree and a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. After ordination he earned a licentiate in canon law from Rome's Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) and a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University
After ordination Bishop-elect Malloy was associate pastor at St. John Nepomuk Parish, in Racine, Wisconsin, 1984-1986. He studied for the Vatican Diplomatic Corps, 1986-1990. His diplomatic corps assignments included secretary, apostolic nunciature, Pakistan, 1990-1994; secretary, apostolic nunciature, Syria, 1995; secretary, U.S. Permanent Observer to the Mission of the Holy See, 1995-1998. He also assisted in the Prefecture of the Papal Household at the Vatican, 1998-2001.
At the USCCB, he served as associate general secretary, 2001-2006, and general secretary, 2006-2011. He was named administrator at St. Francis De Sales Parish, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 2011-2012, and pastor of that parish in 2012.
Gregory Parkes was born on April 2, 1964, in Mineola, New York. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Florida State in Tallahassee, and began studies for the priesthood at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He continued his seminary studies at North American College, Rome, and earned a bachelor's degree in theology and a licentiate in canon law from the Gregorian University.
He was ordained a priest for the Orlando Diocese in 1999. Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, Holy Family Parish, Orlando, 1999-2005; and founding pastor, Corpus Christi Parish, Celebration, Florida, 2005-present. He has served as chancellor of the diocese since 2005, and vicar general, since 2009.
Bishop Doran, a canon lawyer, has served on the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and on the Board of North American College. Bishop Ricard, a member of the Josephite religious community, served on the USCCB Committees on International Justice and Peace and on National Collections, and as chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Africa.
The Rockford Diocese has a population of 1,858,723 people, with 456,965, or 25 percent, of them Catholic. It includes 11 counties across 6,457 square miles in Illinois.
The Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese has 1,388,562 persons, with 62,545, or five percent, of them Catholic. It includes 18 counties across 14,000 square miles in Florida.
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