Jan 01,1942---Nov 20,2020

Diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Monsignor Charles “Charley” Douglas McGlinn, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the age of 78.
Charley was born on January 1, 1942 in Leavenworth, Kansas to John and Margaret McGlinn. He attended Immaculate Conception grade school and Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kansas.
In May of 1959, Charley entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Philosophy and Master of Arts of in Religious Education. It was there that he met his life-long best friend, Monsignor Tom Tank. Charley was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas on May 27, 1967 by Archbishop Edward J. Hunkeler, and celebrated his first solemn mass the following day at his childhood parish, Immaculate Conception, in Leavenworth.
Upon becoming a priest, he had several parish assignments in the decades that followed to include: Associate Pastor at St. Peter Cathedral in Kansas City, Kansas in 1967; Associate Pastor at Our Lady and St. Rose in Kansas City, Kansas in 1969; Pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Kansas City, Kansas in 1973; Parish Administrator at Sacred Heart in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1981; Pastor at Queen of the Holy Rosary in Overland Park in 1981. His next parish assignment would be his longest-tenured: In 1986, he became Pastor at Curé of Ars in Leawood, Kansas where he served for nearly 28 years until his retirement in July 2015.  In May 2018, Monsignor returned to parish life as Senior Parochial Vicar in Residence at Church of the Ascension, Overland Park.
In addition to his parish assignments, Monsignor held several diocesan roles. He was assigned the role of Director of Religious Education in 1980. In 1995, Archbishop Keleher appointed Monsignor as Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, a position he held until 2009. In March 2005, he was given the Prelate of Honor and named a Monsignor.
Monsignor was a man of great faith, and lived it to the fullest by loving others. His calling to the holy life was evident even in his early years. As a young child, he witnessed a tragic accident where another young boy was hit by a car. Monsignor went to the boy, prayed over him and baptized him before he died. Monsignor was the second of six boys, and the unbreakable bond held by the “McGlinn Brothers” is undoubtedly a testament to Monsignor's faith-filled role in their lives. He was a true Irishman, as seen in his eyes whenever he so often smiled (although once while on a trip to Scotland visiting a niece studying abroad, other tourists stopped to ask him for directions assuming he was a local). Monsignor was a brilliant mind, and his interests spanned from chemistry to trivia to painting to poetry, the fruits of one of his greatest legacies.
During his time at Cure of Ars, Monsignor began a tradition of saying, “I have a little prayer for you” at the end of his homilies. This was his way of announcing one of his “poem prayers” - writings that gained popularity through the years. For more than 25 years, he wrote and published an annual poem prayer booklet for Christmas and sent donation proceeds to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Miacatlan, Mexico, which Cure of Ars parish supported. In November 2015, Monsignor published Poem Prayers, a book compilation of more than 200 of his favorite poems.
Monsignor devoted a lifetime of service to God, living a powerful mission and bestowing the gift of faith to all he encountered. He also took any and every opportunity to grant others with his many pranks. His nieces and nephews loved to visit him at the Cure of Ars rectory and discover his many hand buzzers, finger snapping packs of gum, rubber chickens, or his favorite, a lighter that shocked whoever tried to ignite it. In addition to his role as all-star prankster, Monsignor was the beloved faith leader of the McGlinn family. He was adored by all, especially his nieces and nephews. Whenever Monsignor arrived at family events, everything stopped and eighteen McGlinn children would swarm him with love. This welcome party continued when the next generation of McGlinn children arrived and grew to know and love him. Monsignor celebrated countless family masses, baptisms, First Communions, weddings and funerals - all special moments the entire clan will forever cherish.
Monsignor was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Margaret. He is survived by his five brothers John (Karen) McGlinn, Costa Mesa, California, Jim (Jeanne) McGlinn, Asheville, North Carolina, Mike (Karon) McGlinn, Leawood, Pat (Linda) McGlinn, Leavenworth, and Don (Sallie) McGlinn, Tecumseh, Kansas, along with several nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews who will all miss him dearly.
Due to social distancing concerns there will be two opportunities to celebrate Monsignor’s life.  In lieu of a wake, a Vigil Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Church of the Ascension, 9510 W 127th St., Overland Park, KS. The funeral Mass will be Wednesday, November 25 2020 at 10:30 am at Church of the Ascension with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann as the main celebrant and Monsignor McGlinn’s brother priests concelebrating. A private burial will immediately follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. For those unable to attend the Vigil Mass or the Funeral Mass, they will both be livestreamed at www.kcascension.org.  Donations can be made to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.


Paul Somers Nov 21 ,2020

Family friend ,Ft. Myers ,Florida

To all of you in the McGlinn family our sincere condolances to you. I have been blessed by your family for many years. Fr. Charlie buried my parents, Margaret and Bernard, who were good friends of Margaret and John. May the Lord bless you all as one of the best people in Creation is given back to his Creator! Sincerely, Paul Somers

Joan Debauge Nov 21 ,2020

Secretary for Charley at QHR 1984 to 1986 ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

My sympathy to Fr. Charley’s family. Charley was a very special priest who was warm and loving, with a deep, caring concern for the poor. He was loved by all who knew him. How blessed we are to have such a beautiful priest in our lives!

Jeff Root Nov 21 ,2020

Parishoner ,Overland Park ,Kansas

To all of Monsignor Charles’s family please let me express my deepest sympathy for your loss. He was truly a saintly person. After having a chance to meet him I was moved to become a member of the Catholic faith, and he gave me the opportunity to save my soul. Heaven is getting a great addition!

Allan & Sharon Reynolds Nov 21 ,2020

Sharon, first cousin, mother's side ,Rochester HIlls ,Michigan

Cousin Charley and I were the same age; we went through grade and high school together. Charley was my third brother and even though always living a thousand miles apart we laughed a lot on the phone and Allan & I always visited Charley whenever we traveled back to Kansas. I loved his poems, beautiful wit, easy raucous laugh and his bear hugs. I'm going to miss you terribly my dear Charley, I'm going to miss you. Sharon

Josnne Bono DeShazo Nov 22 ,2020

Friend ,Branson ,Missouri

It is with great sadness that I learned of Charley’s death. His kindness to me is a great bulwark, especially now. May his large family find peace!

Nov 22 ,2020

I have been a parishioner of Cure for 45 years.In 1997 then Fr. Charles wanted to go to Guatemala and provide Dental Care to a project He was involved with Manos Amigas.As a Dentist my wife and I volunteered and have now gone to Guatemala for the past 23 years.Without his leadership in the early years this project would never been what it has become.Over the years the Cure of Ars Dental Mission has provided care in the form of exams,fillings,extractions,and cleanings to over 20,000 children and adults.His commitment to the less fortunate was boundless,God Bless my Friend.Peggy and Mike

michael kahler Nov 22 ,2020

Friend ,OLATHE ,Kansas

I have been a member of Cure for the past 45 years.In 1997 then Fr.Charles wanted to form a group that could provide Dental Care to a project in Guatemala that He was involved with Manos Amigas.My wife and I have been going to Guatemala for the past 23 years.Without the leadership and guidance in the early years the Cure of Ars Dental Mission would never have evolved into what it has become. Monsignor Charles dedication to the poor and less fortunate was always at the forefront.In the 23 years we have provided exams,fillings,extractions,cleanings to 20,000 children and adults.His Love of others will always be the first thing my wife and I will remember.God Bless Charlie.Love Peggy and Mike

Marion Davis Rodgers Nov 22 ,2020

Immaculate HS Family ,Roanoke ,Virginia

Blessed were we to have known such a fun loving man and caring priest. My thoughts and prayers for all the McGlinn’s, especially John, Jim, Mike, Pat and Don

William varner Nov 22 ,2020

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I will miss you father Charles, I am very sorry for your loss, may god bless you all,

Dianne Karis Nov 22 ,2020

Parishioner ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My sister and I consider it a privilege to have known you Msgr. Charles. Your life was a treasury reflecting all things good that come from God. We wished we had thanked you when we could for your long life as a servant to God and his people for so many years. May you rest now in the arms of Jesus and we are sure you heard the words "Welcome into my kingdom my good and faithful servant." We miss you Fr. Charles!!

Ann Chapman Nov 22 ,2020

Friend of family ,Lawrence ,Kansas

So sorry to learn about Charlie's death. A very special saint has entered heaven. Prayers for all of the family!!!

Janice Barbosa Nov 22 ,2020

Parishionet ,Leawood ,Kansas

Monsignor Charles is a model that every prieest should aspire towards. His poems were inspired and I always felt like I was home when he officiated at Mass. He baotized two of my children as well as FIrst Communion for all three. God did not make his life easy, but he took his suffering and kept on being a shining example. Thank you, Monsignor. Jesus will take you into his heart as one of his most devoted servants.

Kelly Fleming (Galvin) Nov 22 ,2020

Long Time Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I was so sorry to hear of Msgr. Charlie's passing. I met him when I was 7 years old when he came to Cure' of Ars. He did my 1st Reconciliation, 1st Communion, 8th Grade Confirmation, 8th Grade Graduation, married me, and baptized my daughter. He played a huge part in making me the person I am today, and I am so blessed to have been able to know him. He will be missed and loved forever.

Ron and Mary Fortino Nov 23 ,2020

Parishioners of cure of ars an now of Ascension ,Olathe ,Kansas

To the McGlinn family, Fr Charles was so special. Always had a smile, no matter the many hardships he had to endure. We always said he was a saint. We enjoyed are trip to Rome with him,one we will never forget. We pray that God will give you comfort and strength during this difficult time. You know he definitely is with the Lord. God Bless all of you

Richard & Sallie Steele Nov 23 ,2020

Friends from Cure Of Ars' ,Leawood ,Kansas

To all of Monsignor Charles’s family we want to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Monsignor Charles will always have a place in our hearts. May his soul RIP. Amen

Patrick Gillespie Nov 23 ,2020

cousin ,Idaho Falls ,Idaho

My deepest condolences to the McGlinn clan. Charlie was an icon and such a genuine person. I think the last time I saw this gentle Priest was when he came to Idaho and officiated at my father's funeral several years ago. My sister Sharon kept me up to speed through the years of Charlies struggles and triumphs and I kept him in my prayers perhaps not often enough. Many hearts are bruised with his passing, but he is only gone in our sight and has been welcomed on the other side with shouts of joy "Here he comes!" to be in Heaven with God forever in eternal Bliss. God Bless, Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

Jeff Jaworski Nov 23 ,2020

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Monsignor SET THE BAR for living a devout Catholic Life that ALWAYS put others ahead of himself. It's bittersweet to lose him but to know that he is done valiantly fighting health issues and is now right where he's always longed to be in Eternity with our Lord. He epitomizes St Francis in "Preach the Gospel at all times: use words if necessary". God Bless my dear friend and pastor. Thank you for your inspiration and Spiritual Leadership.

Jane Betterman and Maliszewski kids Nov 23 ,2020

Parishioner at Cure of Ars ,Nebraska City ,Nebraska

Some of our most precious days were spent at Cure of Ars with Fr. Charles at the helm. It was a very cherished time when the kids were so young. We will always be grateful to him for his leadership and grace and especially his creativity in the form of his poetry. He will be missed as he journeys to his greater reward.

Kathy Hurley-Smith Nov 24 ,2020

Parishinor ,Lenexa

The McGlinn Family, Monsignor Charles was definitely a saint. My dad Jim Hurley was so fond of Msgr. Charles. Our family has been so blessed by Msgr Charles doing both funerals for my parents. I am so glad I have had the opportunity to get to know him. Heaven has gained a great angel (saint) and I am sure that my dad and him are spending time together. May thoughts and prayers are with all the family and all of his friends. Hold on the memories forever. Until we meet again. God Bless.

Dr. Geetha and Tom Chitta Nov 25 ,2020

A friend and supporter ,ARLINGTON HEIGHTS ,Illinois

Heartfelt condolences to all the family members and to everyone known to Monsignor Charley. May his soul rest in peace. Msgr. Charley was a wonderful pastor with full of compassion and love. He loved us dearly and supported our mission work tremendously with the help of Cure’ of Ars parish community. Reaching out to the needy was very special to him. He was instrumental in helping several Indian priests and nuns to minister in the Archdiocese. We are forever grateful to him and everyone who helped us. We miss Msgr. Charley and will remember him fondly. With Deepest Sympathies, Dr. Geetha and Tom Chitta

Diana Hall Nov 25 ,2020

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. My husband John and I had so many wonderful memories of Charley. My family sends condolences and pray that you will be strengthened knowing that Charley is at peace.

Richard Clevenger Nov 28 ,2020

Cousin ,Phoenix ,Arizona

My deep condolences to the McGlinn family. My late brother, Ken Clevenger, and I are cousins to Father Charley through Lena (Pellman) Gillespie. Charley followed in his older brother John's footsteps by playing football at Imac, where as I recall Charley was an outstanding lineman. My brother Ken played football with him and spoke often of Father Charley. Father Charley, pray for us. Dick Clevenger Phoenix, AZ

Patsy Mura Dec 05 ,2020

Fr. Charles gave himself in service to our Lord so many years ago, and God blessed him with a beautiful life filled with love and accomplishments in His service. My husband's family was related to him through their grandmothers, and he always presided at the family's most important events - baptisms, marriages, and funerals. He married Eddie and I in 1968. It meant the world to Eddie, and to me. And, then years later, we moved to Overland Park, and there he was again in my daughter's church, Ascension, with his dear friend, Fr. Tom Tank. God is good. I have purchased his wonderful book, "Poem Prayers" as a gift for many friends and family. What a legacy! Thank you and God bless you, Fr. Charles, as Jesus now holds you in the palm of His hand.

Joe Setter Dec 15 ,2020

parishioner at Cure of Ars ,Scott City ,Kansas

Dear Family I recently discovered the news of Father Charles McGlinn passing. I send my thoughts and prayers sincerely to you all. Its been about 10 years since I last saw and visited Father Charles. My heart is heavy of his loss because it is all of us who knew him who knew his impact on us all. For me I felt like I knew him much longer than I did. He had a great positive influence on my faith and we were so much able to converse about everything. .A special gift he was,! I even had a few beers with him one on one, it was a delight. ! I had since moved away approximately in '11, but I always have had Fr, Charles in my thoughts and prayers. When I returned I always attempted to look Fr. Charles up when I was in the area. I would refer friends and family to converse with him IF they needed a 'friend', he truly was.!, I will miss him so . I hope to possibly meet any of his brothers some day . God Bless You All and your Families. . Sincerely Joe Setter

William varneew Dec 22 ,2020

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I am very very sorry for loss

Vigil Mass
Church of the Ascension
9510 West 127th Street
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Nov 24 ,2020
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Funeral Mass
Church of the Ascension
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Nov 25 ,2020
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