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 School (his home parish), and upon its closing finished elementary school at St. James School 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 he also helped with the Diocesan Youth Office and became a Youth Minister at St. Anthony Cathedral.
Continually called to new challenges, Fr. John entered Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, right outside of Milwaukee, in 1990. His ordination took place on June 11, 1994 for the Diocese of Beaumont and he has since served St. James Parish in Port Arthur (1994-1995) under the guidance of Fr. Dan Malain, 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.