Fr. Parrish is a South African by birth, and was educated at St. Andrew’s College, an Anglican high school. He graduated with a B.A. and H.D.E. (Higher Diploma in Education) from Rhodes University; a B.Th. from the University of South Africa; a B.Th. (Hons.) and an M.Th. from Rhodes University. Classical Latin began for him in grade school and continued through his university years at the University of South Africa.
He has taught English, Biblical Studies, Afrikaans, and Religious Instruction, and headed the English and Religious Instruction departments at Queens College. He has tutored Latin for a number of years and has served as a substitute teacher at Canterbury on a number of occasions.
He has been an Anglican priest for thirty-four years, serving in various churches in the United States.