Father Charles Ara was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by Cardinal James Francis McIntyre on April 25,
1956 at St. Vibiana's Cathedral in Los Angeles, California.
From 1956 to 1970, he served as associate pastor in five
large parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: St. Lawrence Martyr in the South Bay area, St. Finbar's in the Burbank-Glendale
area, Visitation in West Los Angeles, All Saints in El Sereno and St. Cecilia's in the Tustin-Santa Ana area of Orange County.
On October 10, 1970 Father Ara added love and marriage to his priesthood. He and his wife, Shirley, have
been blessed with five wonderful children. Martin, Jose, Rana, Dawna and Matthew are all now young adults.
Ara is available to preside over weddings for Catholics who for one reason or another are not being married at their parish
church. He also presides over non-denominational weddings and sometimes joins with a Jewish rabbi for an inter-faith
ceremony. In addition, Father Ara also conducts funerals and baptisms when requested.
Father Ara is a licensed
psychotherapist with a marriage counseling office in Palm Desert, California.
Father Ara can be reached at
(310) 283-8737. His e-mail address is email@example.com