Thanksgiving & Grace Before Meals with Fr. Leo

When I set about thinking what to share with my readers for Thanksgiving, out came the news that more episodes of Fr. Leo Patalinghug’s “Grace Before Meals” were being released on SQPN.  Fr. Leo is currently on faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and directs the Pastoral Field Education Program for future priests. Fr. Leo developed a love for cooking while attending seminary at the North American College in Rome. He has developed a ministry based on sharing family meals.  As many Americans approach Thanksgiving and the annual family gatherings, there is no better time to reflect upon this than now. Fr. Leo has written a cookbook “Grace Before Meals”, that combines great recipes with ways to share our faith at the dinner table.  From his web site –

Grace Before Meals is centered on one fundamental concept: the simple act of creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships. Founded by Fr. Leo Patalinghug in 2003, Grace Before Meals has grown from a simple idea to a worldwide movement, producing a book, blog and even a pilot for a TV show endorsed by PBS.

Research shows that having frequent family dinners can reduce the susceptibility of teens to risks like teen pregnancy, smoking, drug use and depression. And these benefits don’t just apply to traditional families or people with kids. Stronger families foster stronger communities, and that’s the goal we’re striving for–one meal at a time.

Check out Fr. Leo in video. I met him in June at the Catholic New Media Celebration. He was the keynote speaker he is the same dynamic personality in person. 

Above – one of his cooking “webisodes”

Above – Fr. Leo is interviewed

In this time of Thanksgiving, let us remember that every day is an opportunity to gather the family around one table and offer God thanks.

Grace Before Meals homepage

Check out the cookbook

Find more Fr. Leo on Youtube


One thought on “Thanksgiving & Grace Before Meals with Fr. Leo

  1. When our daughter was growing up, we ate dinner as a family as often as work schedules allowed. The only regret is that we got into the habit of eating in front of the TV, and that is still our norm.

    But, that time together has made our relationship even stronger.

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