Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a Catholic priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (Latin phrase that means ‘The Will of God’). He is from Baltimore, and the host and founder of Grace Before Meals, an apostolate to strengthen families and communities around the dinner table. He is also an internationally renowned conference speaker, author, TV host of “Savoring Our Faith” on EWTN, and a regular contributor and host on Sirius XM. His unique background as martial artist and break dancer helps him to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, appearing on PBS, ABC, CBS, and The Food Network, where he defeated a world famous chef in the, “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay”. He was recently featured on The Cooking Channel show “Holy & Hungry” in Fall 2015. With food, faith and fun, Fr. Leo hopes to bring people closer together- one meal at a time!
Born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore area, Fr. Leo actually developed his love for cooking while attending the seminary at the North American College in Rome. There, he became friendly with several Italian restaurant owners and would often invite them back to the student kitchen to trade cooking secrets. They would teach him about rigatoni and lasagna; he would show them how to make hamburgers and ribs. Today, he is a skilled cook who still enjoys learning how to make new dishes, and loves the process of preparing a meal, as much as he does sharing it with a table full of friends.
Spicing Up Married Life
Father Leo will present Spicing Up Married Life at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 in the Saint James Catholic School Gym. This event is designed to enliven marriages both physically and spiritually through the food prepared and shared together. The presentation will include one of Father Leo’s cooking demonstrations while also explaining how marriage is a sacrament, a sign of grace by which God blesses couples for life-long commitment of love. This presentation is for anyone seeking to understand the purpose of marriage and how to live a holy and happy life, leading to an eternity in heaven.
There are a limited number of seats for this event. Online ticket sales begin Monday, April 10 exclusively for Saint James parishioners. Beginning June 16, ticket sales will open to all Archdiocesan churches, so get your tickets now!
The entire family is invited to attend this event held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17 in the Saint James Catholic School Gym. This presentation is a conversation of hand to hand combat and its parallels to spiritual life. This fun and engaging presentation will include guidance to a healthy and balanced spiritual life through learning how to pray from “The Master.” Learn the A,B,Cs and Ds of spiritual combat as well as the first moves of martial arts and prayer. This event is free and requires no registration. Seating is limited, so arrive early to insure you and your family are allowed the opportunity to be engaged.