About

“Fr. Charlie,” as he is known, was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on January 6, 1933. He was raised and educated there, graduating from the University of Michigan’s Law School. After a brief career as an attorney he entered the seminary and was ordained a priest in 1967. Shortly thereafter he began an eleven-year ministry at St. Mary’s Student Chapel in Ann Arbor. A rich variety of ministries followed including appointments to many advisory positions in the Church and three other pastorates. In the early 1970s he began writing columns for several Catholic newspapers in Michigan. In 1999 he was appointed founding editor of Faith magazine, published by the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Today the magazine serves twenty six dioceses reaching 1,400.000 homes. Fr. Charlie lives in “active retirement” in DeWitt, Michigan, on the grounds of St. Francis Retreat Center and has traveled extensively, including five pilgrimages in Europe and the Holy Land and writes Sunday homilies for Catholic Web.com.

Background information for Rev. Fr. Charles E. Irvin:

Birth:      6 January 1933, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Home:    Ann Arbor, Michigan
Parents:  Professor Charles E. Irvin & Virginia Gray Hendrickson

Education:
1951: Graduate of University of Michigan High School
1955: Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Michigan
1959: Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan
1959: Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School
1963: Bachelor of Arts, Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
1982: Master of Divinity, St. John Seminary, Plymouth, Michigan

Ordained to the Priesthood by John Cardinal Dearden, 3 June 1967 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit, Michigan

Non-Ecclesial Experience:
First Lieutenant, United States Army
Admitted to State Bar Michigan Bar and State Bar of Illinois Bar
Attorney, Trust Counsel’s Office, Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago     Attorney, DeVine & DeVine, Attorneys at Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ecclesial Experience:
Parochial Assignments:
1967-1968 Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Port Huron, Michigan
1968-1979 Chaplain, St. Mary Student Chapel, University of Michigan
1979-1987 Founding Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish, Hamburg, Michigan
1987-1997 Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1997-2002 Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Manchester, Michigan
2002  Senior Priest Status (Retired from active ministry)

Extra-Parochial Assignments:
President, Senate of Priests, Archdiocese of Detroit
President, Alumni Association, St. John Provincial Seminary
President, Michigan Federation of Priests Councils
President, Senate of Priests, Diocese of Lansing
Board Member, National Federation of Priests Councils
Member of Establishing Committee and Founding Member of Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Lansing
Member, National Council of Catholic Bishops Advisory Council
Member, Priestly Life and Ministry Committee, Diocese of Lansing
Member, Finance Council, Diocese of Lansing
Member, Priests Pension Board Diocese of Lansing
Member, Formation Board, Diocese of Lansing
Member, Conciliation Panel, Diocese of Lansing
Regional Vicar, Washtenaw Region, Diocese of Lansing
Member, College of Consultors, Diocese of Lansing
Member, Coordinating Commission, Diocese of Lansing
Member, Diocesan Review Board (Protecting God’s Children)
Appointed, Promoter of Justice on the Tribunal of the Diocese of Lansing
Appointed, Chaplain to the Catholic Lawyers Guild, Diocese of Lansing
Appointed, Spiritual Advisor to the Council of Catholic Women, Diocese of Lansing

Other:
Founding Editor of FAITH Magazine, Diocese of Lansing
Author of ENTERING THE HEART OF GOD: “Praying the Lord’s Prayer In Our Time”
Columnist in Michigan diocesan newspapers for twenty years
Recipient of Bishop Donnelly Award for Outstanding Alumnus of Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, MI
St. Thomas More Award, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Diocese of Lansing
ALLELUIA! Award, Worship Commission, Diocese of Lansing
Narrator and Presenter in four TV series on: The Lord’s Prayer, The Year of the Priest, The                        Sacraments, and What’s Inside a Catholic Church?
President, Catholic Lawyers Guild for the Diocese of  Lansing
Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus