What are you hungry for? Is it a deepening of faith? A better prayer life? An answer to a tough theological or church topic? Or, a closer relation to God and your family? Whatever it is you crave, Father Leo Patalinghug, with his unique style of teaching and speaking, can provide you the inspiration that develops a closer, personal, and more meaningful walk with God.
Fr. Leo is one of the most dynamic, sought-out speakers for the new evangelization. An acclaimed international presenter on a wide variety of topics, he is perhaps best known for his unique approach to connecting the power of food to strengthen family life and build community. His cross-generational presentations focus on high level theology made practical and understandable in an engaging and even entertaining way.
Father Leo’s has a podcast called Shoot the Shiitake, which is centered around the power of conversation, listening and learning from his guests – even if they may disagree. Father Leo is the author of the best-selling books Grace Before Meals, Spicing Up Married Life, and Epic Food Fight. His latest book, Saving the Family: The Transformative Power of Sharing Meals with People You Love, was released on March 21, 2019. Father Leo is the host of a weekly international TV show, "Savoring Our Faith" which airs on Eternal World Television Network (EWTN). He has also appeared on the Food Network, and defeated celebrity chef, Bobby Flay on an episode of his show, Throwdown.
Here are just a few of the ways Fr. Leo can help bring your community closer to God:
- Feed My Faith Event - A dynamic one evening event including a cooking demo, meal, faith talk, worship and Adoration!
- Parish Missions - 2-3 night dynamic spiritual presentations! Topics can include:
- The Path to Sainthood
- Mary and Spiritual Combat
- How to Get Your Family to Heaven
- Spicing Up Married Life (couples night)
- Youth nights and topics
- The Eucharist as the Food of Saints
- And many other topics
- Keynote Address & Conference Presenter - Powerful message, fundraising opportunities, and a dynamic cooking demonstration optional!
- Youth & College Rallies - Educational, age appropriate, practical and relatable to our young people!
- Custom Event Experiences - Create a special event for your parish or organization! Whether you’re planning a massive conference or an intimate dinner party, we will create something dynamic to feed your attendees body, mind and soul.
Father Leo is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He is the creator and founder of an international food and faith movement called Plating Grace, whose mission is to build relationships, strengthen families, as well as communities, utilizing the power of food. The movement began with one proven concept; the act of sharing meals can help families thrive and bring people together who may have different views or backgrounds. Plating Grace has now reached thousands of people through Father Leo’s pilgrimage around the world to feed people body, mind and soul.
Father Leo is also the founder and chair of the nonprofit group, The Table Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to support to culinary community along with assisting those returning to the community from the prison system. The objective being to assimilate them through a formation process and give them culinary training to obtain skills needed to earn gainful employment.. His unique background as a chef and his previous experience as a two-time black belt martial arts instructor and former award-winning break dancer and choreographer has earned the attention of major media outlets, including the Food Network where he won, "Throwdown with Bobby Flay!" The mission to see food as a gift from God to nourish your family and to strengthen relationships is making this world a better place one meal at a time.
Through everything Father Leo does, his message is one that unifies people, even if that means having difficult conversations and addressing uncomfortable topics. He helps us build a closer relationship with God, and each other. His work aims to strengthen our own family relationships, while broadening the relationships we have as a global family.