Born in Niagara Falls, New York, Fr. Smiech obtained his Masters of Divinity from Christ the King Seminary in 1981. He was ordained in December 1981 into the Province of St. John the Baptist of the Order of Friars Minor in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fr. Charlie continued his studies in spirituality and preaching at St. Michael’s College in Ontario and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He served at St. Aloysius and St. Andrews Church in New York before launching his full-time ministry as an International Retreat Director and Spiritual Advisor in 1993.
Fr. Charlie demonstrates his deep concern for peace and social justice as a member of the Cross Catholic Outreach family.