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Father Charles L. Moore

February 15, 1927 ~ December 9, 2007

MONTEREY – The spirit of Father Charles L. Moore, 80, peacefully departed his body on December 9, 2007. Father Charlie was born on February 15, 1927 in Oregon.
He was known by many as a spiritual teacher, historian and scholar. He was a graduate of Stanford University and Law School and in 1954, he was elected District Attorney in Santa Cruz County. After leaving that position, Father Charlie devoted his full attention to religious studies and in 1964 was ordained a Roman Catholic priest.
   He held degrees in philosophy and theology from Catholic University. Father Charlie's linguistic avocation resulted in the study of Latin at a Benedictine monastery and Greek at a Jesuit seminary. Father Charlie studied many languages including Native American.
   His travels took him all around the world in search of the ancient roots of religious and spiritual practice. His teachings were extensively influenced and enhanced by the wisdom of the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Hawaiian, Celtic and Native American Indian spiritualities. He especially enjoyed his work with the Native American Esselen people of Monterey County.
   After Father Charlie retired from the priesthood, he continued to learn and share his spiritual journey with many. In 2006 he published his book, "Synthesis Remembered – Awakening Original Innocence". This was the crowning achievement to his life of Grace, Gratitude and Compassion.
   Viewing and visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 from 4-8 p.m. at The Paul Mortuary Chapel, 390 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Pacific Coast Church, 522 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove. Dr. Bill Little will officiate. A reception will follow at The Holly Farm, 9200 Carmel Valley Road, from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Interment will be Thursday, December 20, 2007 in Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, Los Osos, CA.
   Memorials in memory of Father Charlie may be made to: Charles Moore Memorial Trust, c/o First National Bank, 495 Washington Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Friends are invited to sign the online guest book for Father Charlie and leave their condolences at: www.thepaulmortuary.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Dec. 14, 2007
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