Msgr. Charles Pope was born July 10, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois to Charles and Nancy Pope. He and his family moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1972. He studied in the public school system and graduated from Garfield Senior High School in Woodbridge, VA in 1979. Msgr. Pope attended George Mason University for Undergraduate Studies were he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1984. He worked briefly with the Army Corp of Engineers as a Computer Systems Analyst.
Msgr. Pope’s interest in the priesthood stems from his experience as a church musician. Through his college years he served as a church organist, a cantor and choir director and through this work discovered his vocation to the priesthood. He entered Mt. Saint Mary’s Seminary in 1985 where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Moral Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1989 by James Cardinal Hickey.
Msgr. Pope’s first assignment was at Mt. Calvary Parish in Forestville, MD as Associate Pastor from 1989-1993. From 1993-1999 Fr. Pope served as Associate Pastor of Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C. From 1999-2000 he was Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Laurel, MD. In April of 2000 Fr. Pope was appointed Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Southeast Washington, D.C. In 2007 Msgr. Pope returned to Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian Parish where he currently serves as Pastor.
From 1997-1999 Fr. Pope Conducted a Weekly Bible Study in the U.S. Congress that was well attended. He currently conducts a weekly Bible Study at the White House. Other ongoing assignments for Fr. Pope include, being the Spiritual Director for the Washington Comitium of the Legion of Mary and Archdiocesan Coordinator for the Celebration of the Latin Mass. He is a member of the Priest Council and an Archdiocesan Consultor.
He was name a Monsignor in 2005. He has published several articles in pastoral journals, offered a regular column in the Catholic Standard, has taught numerous catechetical courses both in his parish work, and for the Archdiocese. He also served as Dean of the Southeast Deanery. Msgr. Pope immensely enjoys his work as a diocesan priest and a parish pastor.
The Miracle of Marriage
When God says, “They are no longer two, they are one,” He is teaching us about a work that He has begun. But given human sinfulness and frailty, His work requires nothing short of a miracle. Even the best marriages have tensions. But God’s graces and mercies are not exhausted, and couples need to learn how to persevere through difficulties to the miracle of unity.
The Ten Commandments by Monsignor Charles Pope is a powerful, in-depth investigation into the Decalogue. Pope expertly and lovingly dives into the Ten Commandments, illuminating their eternal importance to the spiritual life while relating them to our modern day-to-day struggles.
Monsignor Pope guides the reader through each commandment and shows how they are much more than simple dos and don’ts, but rather an outpouring of God’s love for us and guide for us to better love him. Here Pope examines the inner meaning of each commandment, showing how they ultimately are not burdensome restrictions, but pathways to freedom, which allow us to more fully love God.
The Ten Commandments offers both insight into the moral law of God and an opportunity for deep spiritual introspection. Also included are several examens to help you perform a prayerful examination of conscience.