Siblings, brother priests, and now brother bishops

Patti Maguire Armstrong writes that when Bishop-elect Stephen Parkes becomes the 15th bishop of the Diocese of Savannah in Georgia on September 23, he will become a brother bishop to his sibling, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. They will be one of only 11 sibling bishops in the history of the Church in the United States. After Bishop-elect Parkes received the news of his appointment, his brother was the next one to know. “The nuncio called me right after he had called my brother,” Bishop Parkes explained. “‘I have some news for you about your brother,’ he said and then told me about it. As soon as I finished the call, I called my brother and let him know how happy and proud I was of him.”