Diocesan director

Fr. Gervan Menezes, M.Div


Fr. Gervan Menezes, aka FrG, is the Diocesan Director of Campus Ministries and the Pastor at St Thomas Aquinas Parish in Cookeville, TN. Fr Gervan is also the Chaplain for University Catholic at Tennesse Tech. He became Chaplain at University Catholic in 2019 and loves working with young adults.  Students are drawn to his friendly, outgoing nature, which makes him easy to approach, and find that  he’s a gentle confessor and a dynamic preacher. 

A native of Brazil, Fr. G is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.  Before becoming a priest, he managed several restaurants and worked in the travel industry and remains a foodie and travel buff. 

In addition to his full-time assignment as UCat Chaplain, Fr. Gervan also serves as the Episcopal Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Spalding.  Since his ordination to the priesthood in July 2014, Fr. G has served the Diocese of Nashville as associate pastor of Cathedral of the Incarnation; associate pastor of St. Philip Church; chaplain for the Diocese Youth Office; and chaplain for Father Ryan High School. 

Fr. G attended Assumption Seminary in San Antonio Texas. He has a Master in Divinity and a Master in Theology degree from Oblate School of Theology and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) from St. Paul University in Ontario. Prior to being a priest he has a Bachelor degrees in Tourism and Philosophy from Brazil. Fr Gervan is working in his doctorate degree in New Evangelization at Catholic University of America.