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.
Lay Campus Minister
Growing up in a Protestant family in Nebraska, I knew from a fairly early age that I wanted to work in ministry when I grew up. However, the path that led me to Campus Ministry in Texas was anything but a straight line!
I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2008 with a degree in Philosophy. Throughout college I had been very involved; I was a disciple with Campus Crusade for Christ, a Resident Advisor, a leader in my sorority, etc. Though I had originally planned on a year of Mission work, I instead stayed at UNK as an Admission Counselor. This turned out to be the best thing that could happen to me as my closest friends and I began to study the Catholic Faith, eventually entering into full communion through RCIA in 2010.
After I came into the Church, I went to Franciscan University of Steubenville, where I completed a Master’s degree in Theology in 2013. I was again an active part of Student Life when I was there. As I was finishing up my degree, I searched for ministry related jobs all over the country. It made sense for me to continue in a University environment, and so I moved to Nacogdoches Texas, where I served as Campus Minister for three years.
Coming to Tyler was an incredibly easy decision. I love this diocese, and I thank God daily for allowing me to participate in a small way in the New Evangelization here in East Texas. I can’t wait to see how the ministry of St. John Paul the Great continues to grow as we work with the love of God to reach students for him!
Shortly after being baptized before graduating from Bishop Gorman High School in 1982, Bill Necessary discovered Campus Ministry at SFA as a Freshman. Finishing his undergraduate studies at TJC and UTT, he was active in the Catholic Student Groups on those campuses.
And now 16 years after his ordination to the permanent Diaconate, Deacon Necessary, devoted husband and father of 2 daughters, is active in Campus Ministry again as assistant Chaplain for The TJC APACHE CATHOLICS as well as Assistant Chaplain at Gorman.
“I guess I’ve really come full circle,” he says.