Father Charlie Smiech, O.F.M., is an international retreat director and spiritual advisor. Ordained as a Franciscan friar in 1981, he is a member of Saint John the Baptist Province in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has traveled throughout the world offering the best in Catholic teaching and Franciscan spirituality. Father Smiech received his Master of Divinity from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York, and he continued his studies in spirituality at St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario, and at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. From 1999 to 2006, Father Smiech served as spiritual director and guardian at the St. Francis Retreat House in Eaton, Pennsylvania. He preaches to religious congregations, at parish missions, and at numerous retreat centers throughout the United States and Canada. He has also attended inter-faith conferences in Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, and Pakistan.