Fr. Charles Vreeland
Fr. Charles Vreeland was born on December 8, 1982, in Fredericksburg, TX, to Kevin & Victoria Vreeland. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School from Kindergarten through eighth grade and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 2001. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography in 2005 from Texas A&M University.
Fr. Vreeland completed his studies of philosophy and theology and Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE, as a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. He was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ on June 1, 2013, by the Most Rev. James Conley, bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, NE.
As a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, he served as assistant administrator of North American Martyrs Parish in Seattle, WA from July 2013 until July 2014 and as assistant chaplain of St. John Vianney Latin Mass Community from July 2014 until June 2015.
From June 2015 to the present Fr. Vreeland has served in the diocese of Tyler as parochial vicar of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and chaplain of Bishop Gorman Catholic School in Tyler, TX. Fr. Vreeland has taught theology for the past three years to the students of Bishop Gorman and currently serves as the chair of the theology department.
On January 31, 2018, Fr. Vreeland was appointed as chaplain of Pope St. John Paul the Great Catholic Campus Ministry while continuing to serve as chaplain and teacher at Bishop Gorman Catholic School.
Program Development and Outreach Marketing
Shannon is a native of the Diocese of Tyler, as she resides in Larue, TX. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Art. Shannon has a history of leadership with thirty four years of experience in creative development and team management, mentoring, managing resources, developing process improvements, and creatively solving challenges. Her expertise with non-profit outreach ministry and volunteers will be vital to the growth and vitality of our Campus Ministry.
Shannon will use her expertise to create impactful, effective, strategic communications to support the St. John Paul the II Catholic Campus Ministry programs and events. She will be a resource to help harmonize Campus Ministry efforts with the Institute and other Diocesan initiatives. Shannon will promoter greater interest and engagement with campus ministry events both at UT Tyler and TJC, as well as establishing and growing relationships between the local parishes and the campus ministry, making the campus ministry more integrated and well-known, not only within the University, but amongst the parishes and entire Tyler community as well.
With Shannon's passion for serving God, the Catholic Church and the community, she feels very blessed to be joining the St. John Paul II Catholic Campus Ministry.