Father Charles L. Blanchard is an Old Catholic priest, a wisdom guide, and along with Father Harry R Posner, Jr, is a founder of Christ the Good Shepherd Old Catholic Church. “WHERE THERE ARE BARRIERS, YOU AND I WILL INDEED SURMOUNT!” has been Fr. Charles’ modus operandi throughout his years in seminary (1979 to 1991), career within psychiatry (1991 to 1999), and most recently within the pharmaceutical industry (1996 to 2011) which prematurely ended due to “Little Friend” called Multiple Sclerosis. Born in Flint, Michigan, Fr. Charles, who felt called to the priesthood ever since Saint Mary Elementary School, engaged in the following educational pursuits: • Divine Word College -Seminary (1983-1987), earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Minor in Cross-Cultural Studies. • Nanzan University (1985-1986), completing a Junior Year Abroad Program in Japanese Culture and Language Certificate. • Saint Mary’s Hospital (1989-1990), earning a Clinical Pastoral Education Certificate. • Sacred Heart Major Seminary (1990-1991), pursuing a Master’s In Divinity Degree. • Eastern Michigan University (1994-1998), earning a Master’s in Social Work Degree with concentration in Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency. Today, despite life’s challenges, Fr. Charles finds priestly ministry rewarding whereby he engages the marginalized, disenfranchised, and depressed. He is multi-lingual speaking Japanese, German, Latin, Spanish, and English; appreciates cultural diversity; and espouses a firm belief in the empowerment model, meeting people where they are in life, suspending personal judgment, and seeing the world from her/his vantage point. Through prayer, discernment, and God’s unfailing Grace, Fr. Charles and his husband journey forward, completed their seminary studies, were ordained to the priesthood on December 8, 2012, founded Christ The Good Shepherd Old Catholic Church on May 12, 2013 and begin the invitation of Peace and Love to all God’s people. May “the seeds of self destruction or SUCCESS” serve as common ground through which we collectively walk together to challenge, inspire, and nurture the mind, body, and spirit.