In celebration of the appointment of Bishop-elect Stephen D. Parkes as the Fifteenth Bishop of Savannah and in thanksgiving for his years of dedicated service to God’s people in the Diocese of Orlando, both the founding and the current board of directors of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida are inviting donors to join together for the establishment of the Bishop Stephen D. Parkes Endowment for Catholic Campus Ministry Fund. Bishop-elect Parkes served as a founding board member and the first Spiritual Director of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida from 2009-2019.

Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) is an evangelization ministry very close to Bishop-elect Parkes’ heart where he served as Spiritual Director and Campus Minister at the University of Central Florida from 2004-2011 and was instrumental in the expansion of the ministry during a time when UCF was the fastest-growing university in the U.S.  The Bishop Stephen Parkes Fund will support CCM as it continues to build and scale its ministry to serve what is now the largest undergraduate university in the U.S. Donations to the Bishop Stephen Parkes Fund will provide for both immediate and perpetual needs with 20% funding current CCM operations and 80% establishing the corpus of the endowment. These resources are necessary as the ministry expands to support students in their transformational encounter with the Catholic faith and a lifelong mission of discipleship, continuing Bishop-elect Parkes’ legacy in Central Florida for generations to come.

Donations to the Bishop Stephen D. Parkes Endowment for Catholic Campus Ministry Fund can be made below or by sending a check to The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, P.O. Box 4905, Orlando, FL 32802 – please include Bishop Stephen Parkes Fund in the memo line. For additional information, call (407) 246-7188. If you would like to make your donation through a gift of stock or IRA, please contact Susan Hunt at (407) 246-4803.