Father Charles was born in El Dorado, AR. Having spent most of his childhood in St. Patrick Parish in Oklahoma City, he attended St. Gregory's High School. He then completed his bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.
Fr. Charles entered the novitiate at St. Gregory's Abbey in 1956 and made monastic profession of vows on August 15, 1966. He completed a Master of Divinity degree at St. Louis University and was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1970. Following his ordination he began a Ph.D. in Math Education at Columbia University in New York City, receiving his degree in 1977. Since his ordination, Fr. Charles has served in a wide variety of roles at St. Gregory's Abbey, College and University. In the College and University he has served as a career counselor, dean of students and chaplain. In addition to this, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2002-2005. Throughout his career in education, he has been a professor of mathematics, and has been sought as an effective tutor by students who struggle with the subject matter.
Fr. Charles has served in the monastic community as vocation director, subprior, prior, formation director of the community and numerous times on the Abbey Senior Council. A talented musician, Fr. Charles plays the guitar and is one of the cantors for the monastery. Fr. Charles assists with parish weekend assignments around Oklahoma. He served for over twenty-five years on the St. Gregory's University Board of Directors and now serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. Among his hobbies are the care of houseplants and puzzles of all kinds.