I was born and raised in Bilgoraj, Poland and grew up in a Catholic family with six children.
I attended the Catholic University of Lublin, where I studied theology. After six years of study, I graduated with a Masters degree in Moral Theology and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Zamojsko-Lubaczowska.
I spent my first three years of priesthood as an Associate Pastor in Tomaszow Lubelski.
Later, I went back to the Catholic University of Lublin to study Pastoral Theology for my postgraduate degree.
I came to the US as a one year study grant recipient from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to study English at Rutgers State University in Newark, NJ (1999-2000).
After graduation, I went back to Poland and worked as an Associate Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Poland in Zamosc and in the Chancery office. For eight years I was the Director of the Office of Pastoral Care of the Catholic Families in the Diocese of Zamojsko-Lubaczowska. I was a Pastor in Udrycze 2001-2007, and in Moniatycze 2007-2008.
In 2008 I came to the Diocese of Helena in Montana, USA. My first ten months were in an East Helena parish as Associate Pastor with Fr. Tom O’Donnell. It was a very good time for me to learn about the Diocese, attend Diocesan events and work alongside Fr.Tom. In 2009 I was assigned as an Administrator for Conrad, Dutton and Power on the Hi-Line. It was a very special time for me because for the first time in my life I was a pastor in The United States in charge of a Parish and two mission churches. It was a wonderful time with wonderful people.
I arrived at Risen Christ in Kalispell on August 15, 2012 on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I celebrated my first Mass at 6 pm. After nine years as Administrator at Risen Christ Parish, Bishop Austin Anthony Vetter added to my current assignment, St. Matthew's Parish and School in Kalispell, effective July 1, 2021.
I have many interests which include biology and physics. I also play soccer, volleyball, weight lift and do MMA.
I’m happy and privileged to serve the Catholic Community of St. Matthew’s in Kalispell as a Pastor, priest and friend. I hope you enjoy me as much as I enjoy you and being a part of our parish family.
Deacon Charlie Harball, a native of northwest Montana, was raised in Polson, Montana and began serving the Church as an altar server at Immaculate Conception Parish in 1964. He and Claire were married in 1980 and are now proud parents of two grown daughters. He moved with his family to Kalispell in 1991 becoming parishioners at St. Matthew’s Parish. He and Claire have been active in the parish as catechists for the younger children, for confirmation classes and the RCIA program. They have served as Eucharistic ministers and reader as well as serving time on the pastoral council.
Charlie and Claire entered into the Diocese of Helena diaconate formation program in 2007. Charlie was ordained as a Deacon to the diocese on June 29, 2012, and assigned to St. Matthew’s Parish which he now gratefully serves.