Posted January 22nd, 2014 | Faithful Foodie, Prayers, Recipe


“Nourish Your Faith”

As you read this, a group of Grace Before Meals pilgrims is traveling through the Holy Land on our “Nourish Your Faith” Pilgrimage.  This unique (and first time ever trip) is part of our ongoing effort to connect food and our faith.  And it’s working. 

What pretty food, eh?

Our group is visiting specialty restaurants, picking herbs and spices, getting hands-on experience in making biblical and traditional local foods, and most importantly, working with Chefs for Peace.

Chefs for Peace is an international organization of Christian, Jewish and Muslim chefs who show the world peace is possible, and that food is certainly an important part of the peace process. Perhaps, we should call this “piece” of our trip “peace” meals.

As an apostolate of the church committed to bringing God’s family around the dinner table, Grace Before Meals is increasing opportunities for you to do this around the globe by traveling with me and other faithful foodies.

Spice Market

Consider this blast an invitation for you to express your travel interests for the future.  For example, at a recent auctioned dinner event for a local Catholic School, the dinner guests were very excited to hear about the “Fruit of the Vine & Work of Human Hands,” a Napa Valley trip that I’ll soon be organizing for the fall 2014.

This group of wonderful people want to go to NYC and Napa Valley with me and the Grace Before Meals Team.

We are also planning a very unique trip to New York City, which I may be calling “The Big Apple – The Blessed Fruit Tour.” The tour would combine looking at the nation’s religious immigrant history, visiting beautiful churches, exploring the food world including pizza making classes, and even possibly participation in a live audience for one of the Catholic Channel Sirius XM 129 Shows – maybe even my own show, “Entertaining Truth” with co-host Tom Leopold. 

In the meantime, we will be praying for you at the Holy Shrines of Israel.

So, please be sure to think big in 2014.  Come and be a more active part of our faithful foodie adventures. You’ll see how the style of travels that I lead give people a great blend of spiritual, culinary, theological, educational, and recreational explorations.  

Falafel and humus – which I can’t seem to get enough of while in Israel.



  • Where would you like to travel with Fr. Leo? Please give us suggestions.
  • Let us know if you’d like to be a group leader for your parish or organization and help fill up the tour spaces quickly.
  • Where is the place you traveled and experienced God the most? Was this a surprise to you?


Your comments and questions will help keep our focus and energies on bringing more people to the Table!  Post your comments below.

Let us pray:

Father, we are a pilgrim church, which means we must always be exploring the mysteries of Your kingdom and never limiting Your love by not getting out and seeing this beautiful world of Yours.  Give us courage to be true pilgrims, in search of goodness, beauty and truth. Grant safety to all en route between destinations.  And, give peaceful rest to those whose pilgrimage on earth has come to an end.  Help us to know You are with us every step of our way. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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7 Responses to “Faithful Foodie Adventures: Nourish Your Faith”

  • Two votes for Napa Valley! Please keep us in the loop on this one…

    We attended the event at St. Benedict the Abbot parish in Pittsburgh in November, and would look forward to a Fr. Leo-led trip!

    Posted by Warren Hunt on January 22nd, 2014 at 5:13 pm.
  • Dear Fr. Leo –

    You asked where we experienced God in our travels the most…..for me, DEFINITELY ISRAEL!
    I’ve been there 3 times and each time something “miraculous” has happened. I absolutely LOVE Israel…so glad you are there loving it too. I really miss their falafels and humus – best in the world, I believe.

    I also LOVE your newsletter. Keep up the blessed work.

    Patrice V

    Posted by Fr. Leo on January 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm.
  • Dear Fr.Leo, I would love to gather a group of parishioners to go w/ you to Portugal…w/ focus on Our Lady of Fatima, port tours, local food pairing,etc.
    Love your enthusiasm & food for the soul! ~CK

    Posted by Christy on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:04 pm.
  • That was neat to see. Chefs working together. Thanks for sharing site.Foods look great! Will keep them in prayer for their successes.

    Posted by AZ Foodie on January 24th, 2014 at 11:29 am.
  • Would be interested in the New York trip and the napa valley trip. Please keep me informed

    Posted by Brenda yezulinas on January 30th, 2014 at 10:24 pm.
  • Count me in on future Pilgrimages. I am interested in the Holy Land, NYC and Napa Vally. Another country that I think would make a good tour is France. I have a book called “Walking with the Saints” through France. I love what big towns have to offer but have loved the travel experiences in small towns. This has been my experience on vacations and Pilgrimages. On a recent Pilgrimage to Rome we had the ultimate experience with faith and food in the hills south of Rome.

    Posted by Debbie on February 1st, 2014 at 2:12 pm.
  • Would love to learn more about the pilgrimage to the Napa valley .

    Posted by Shannon on February 6th, 2014 at 2:39 pm.

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