The seventh and current pastor of St. Charles is Fr. John H. Hughes. He grew up residing in Port Acres, TX and attended Catholic schools in the area, starting at St. Therese the Little Flower parish (his home parish), and upon its closing finished elementary school at St. James parish in Port Arthur. He then attended and graduated from Bishop Byrne High School in 1978. Fr. John attended Lamar University in Beaumont and received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree.
Upon graduation Fr. John took a job with the Diocese of Beaumont working at the Catholic Newman Center on the Lamar University campus. While in this job, his role in ministerial positions grew and not only did he work on the college campus but also helped with the Diocesan Youth Office and became a Youth Minister at St. Anthony’s Cathedral.
Continually called to new challenges, Fr. John entered Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners Wisconsin, right outside of Milwaukee in 1990. Ordination took place on
June 11, 1994 for the Diocese of Beaumont and has since served St. James parish in Port Arthur (1994-1995) under the guidance of Fr. Dan, St Jude parish in Beaumont (1995-1997), St. Louis parish in Winnie (1997-2000), St. Jude parish in Beaumont (2000-2015) and is currently pastor here at St. Charles Parish in Nederland, beginning in July of 2015.