Breakout Session Speaker


Deacon Charlie was born in Hollywood, CA, to immigrant parents from Colombia. He lived abroad for much of his youth in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and the U.S. Virgin Islands before finally settling in South Florida, where he finished schooling and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in film and television production. He returned to Los Angeles to begin his career in media and has remained there for over 20 years.

Deacon Charlie is married to his wife Jessica of more than 20 years and is a biological, adoptive, foster, sponsor, and spiritual father as well as a stepfather, godfather, father-in-law, and grandfather! He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2017 by Archbishop José H. Gómez of Los Angeles, and his ministerial efforts include media, evangelization, apologetics, adult formation, homelessness, pro-life, and Latino ministries.

He has been featured on EWTN and EWTN Español, Our Sunday Visitor, MAX Studios, ESNE, Catholic Answers and Redeemer Radio, among others. Deacon Charlie is assigned to Saint Mark Parish in Venice, CA.