TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has named Father Charles Vreeland full-time chaplain for Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic Schools in Tyler, effective June 1.
“I’m pleased to appoint Father Charles Vreeland as full time chaplain for Bishop Gorman Catholic School,” Bishop Strickland said. “He has demonstrated a genuine love for the Bishop Gorman community during his first year at the school, and I believe having him present full time as a faculty member and chaplain will be a great asset to Bishop Gorman.”
Father Vreeland has been serving Bishop Gorman as chaplain since August, in addition to his duties as a parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. He also teaches senior theology in the high school, and has been overseeing the renovation of the school’s chapel.
With this appointment, he will serve the school community exclusively, and will no longer be assigned to the cathedral.
“I’ve encouraged Father Vreeland to shepherd the school as any priest would guide a parish community, becoming involved in virtually every aspect of the life of the school and the families that are a part of Bishop Gorman. I appreciate Father Vreeland’s willingness to take on this important work,” the bishop said.
Father Vreeland is head of the chaplaincy team at Bishop Gorman, which also includes Deacon Bill Necessary, who teaches middle school theology.
Bishop Gorman is one of the few Catholic schools in the nation with both a priest and a deacon on the faculty full-time.
As chaplain, Father Vreeland accompanied students and faculty on a recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and has also become a presence at various academic and athletic activities.
“Bishop Gorman has become essentially ‘the parish community’ under the care of Father Vreeland,” said Jim Franz, principal. “We are truly blessed to have him here as a full-time pastor, teacher and friend.”
Father Vreeland is a native of Fredericksburg and graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 with a B.S. He was ordained into the priesthood on June 1, 2013, for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He moved to the Diocese of Tyler last year.
“Having been given the opportunity to serve as chaplain during the past year at Bishop Gorman has been the greatest blessing of my life as a priest,” Father Vreeland said. “I am extremely grateful to Bishop Strickland and especially to the faculty and students at Bishop Gorman, who have been so welcoming,” he said.
Bishop Gorman has about 415 students in grades 6-12. It is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.