Posted January 29th, 2014 | Recipes, What's On the Table



More Good News


As you’ve probably heard, I’m making the transition to a community of consecrated life called Voluntas Dei, a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite.  In previous E-Blasts, I explained that my work as a priest will now be focused on evangelization – that is, trying to reach people “outside” the church walls.

Pilgrims in the Holy Land


So that means I’ll have the opportunity to do even more to help spread the Good News through our Grace Before Meals movement; our Radio Show on Sirius XM 129; our TV show Savoring our Faith on EWTN; and our presentations, pilgrimages, and books.  Here are a few upcoming items to help show you how we’ll use this new responsibility to hopefully address the spiritual “hungers” of God’s people.

The view from the Church of Dominus Flevit – “The Lord Wept” – Holy Land, Jerusalem.

(1)  Our NEW Grace Before Meals BOOK is set to be released February 11, 2014!  It’s called, EPIC FOOD FIGHT: A Bite-Sized History of Salvation.  It outlines a “theology of food” and will help everyone better understand the Eucharist as the Food that leads to Eternal Life.

Click to pre-order your copy!

 (2)  We’re already planning more trips for the fall of 2014, including food and faith trips to New York and Napa Valley.  And we’ll offer even bigger trips to international destinations in 2015.  This most recent foodie pilgrimage to the Holy Land was such a success, so we need to start now to plan another trip (possibly two to the Holy Land) for next year!

Founder and some of the members of chefs for peace, as well as two local restaurant chefs for our final banquet.


(3)   Presentations, Missions, and Cooking Demonstrations.  With this new role and responsibility, we’re now filling up the calendar with requests for presentations, parish missions, and other live appearances to share the Good News of Grace Before Meals.  So this is your time to consider speaking with your priest or organization about bringing our Grace Before Meals message to an area or an event near you.

Click here to request Fr. Leo for your event!

Our letters of recommendations and support from so many different groups show our message is for everyone and that it will change your life for the better!

(4)  We have NEW VIDEOS coming out in Lent with Catholic Relief Services Global Kitchen, to highlight five recipes for the CRS Rice Bowls.  In these webisodes, Grace Before Meals teams up with Catholic Relief services to share messages of hope, faith, and love – all through food!  So stay tuned for these fantastic, simple, and delicious meals to come!

A shot from this year’s production for CRS Rice Bowl Global Kitchen: For Lent, For Life. Tune in this Lent!


(5)  We also have a special announcement coming out in a few months for people who are gluten intolerant.  However, we can’t give out the specifics just yet.  Let’s just say, this announcement will be very “Good News” for people who struggle with this condition.  It will definitely inspire your faith to hear that when it comes to receiving The Lord in the Eucharist, Grace Before Meals is leading the way so people won’t have to worry about this allergy and disease.  But again, more information will be coming soon!

The Eucharist

Even though we’re only one month into the new year, we hope our efforts will give you much to look forward to in 2014!



  • What big plans do you have for this upcoming year?
  • How can Grace Before Meals be of a positive resource for you?
  • To what country or destination would you like to see Grace Before Meals lead a pilgrimage?
Please post your comments and questions. These mean so much to our Grace Before Meals team and our community of faithful foodies. 

Let us pray:

Father in Heaven, You treat us with love and compassion.  While we can plan all we want in these days and months ahead, we also recognize that You are ultimately in charge.  Our job, therefore, is to plan and work as if everything depends on us, but to pray as if everything depends on You, our Good God.  Help us to be determined, but at the same time flexible.  Conscious of our schedules, but also open to Your Divine Will.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 



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9 Responses to “What’s On the Table: More Good News”

  • What a wonderful journey you just completed in The Holy Land. It was a unique tour! I watched via videos posted on George Danho, Sam Danho nad George Antoin’s Facebook. What a blessing. Please email and let me know the next time you will be going over for this type pilgrimage. I have been 8 times to The Holy Land, but never on any pilgrimage like this that joins one’s five senses together with delicious Biblical foods. I would like the dates and costs and the ones you will be going on. Perhaps I can bring a few people along with me. Also, my husband and I are interested in your Napa Valley tour and dates. Praying God will provide. Bon appetite!

    Posted by Cheryl on January 30th, 2014 at 4:35 am.
  • PROPOSED EASTERN DESTINATION: Less Costly and Closer for those on the East Coast USA.

    Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is a town located along the Saint Lawrence River, 22 mile north-east of Quebec City, Canada. The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is located in the town. Saint Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ, according to Christian and Islamic tradition. She is the patron saint of sailors.

    The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is a major Roman Catholic place of pilgrimage. The basilica is also known as a place of miracles. Visitors to the church have left their canes, crutches and walking aides behind as testament to their healing. The main wall when you walk into the basilica is now completely covered with crutches, wheel chair parts, artificial limbs, etc.. The town also contains numerous religious edifices, the chief being the “Scala Santa”, built to imitate the “Holy Stairs” in Rome. Many hotels exist nearby in and around Quebec City, such as the Four Points Sheraton which is just north of the city (30 min drive to basilica.)

    Posted by Richard Nicolaus on January 30th, 2014 at 11:13 am.
  • From the FOOD PERSPECTIVE: In Quebec City and surrounding regions, CREPES are a major dish: all types (meat, veggie, and desert). This region is also famous for its tourtières (meat pies), pâté chinois (similar to English shepherd’s pie), pea soup, baked beans, cretons (a pork spread containing onions and spices), as well as treats like “tire Ste-Catherine” (St. Catherine’s taffy). Area cuisine also include pommes persillade (cubed potatoes fried and topped with persillade as a garnish), poutine (French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds), and whippet cookies.

    Posted by Richard Nicolaus on January 30th, 2014 at 11:49 am.
  • Love your Pilgrimage idea.
    Keep me in the loop.
    Carol S

    Posted by Fr. Leo on January 30th, 2014 at 3:05 pm.
  • Padre,

    Long time no see! I heard you are joining an order of some kind??? What’s up?!


    Posted by Fr. Leo on January 30th, 2014 at 3:06 pm.
  • Thank You for the lovely e mail I get.



    Posted by Fr. Leo on January 30th, 2014 at 3:06 pm.
  • Thanks for the lamb recipe and updates. Great!

    AZ Foodie

    Posted by Fr. Leo on January 30th, 2014 at 3:06 pm.
  • I think you should explore/partner w/the Alpha ministry which combines meals w/outreach to the unchurched/evangelization. I think this is a perfect match for you.

    Posted by TeesieHowell on January 31st, 2014 at 10:16 am.
  • Looking forward to food and faith tours of New York!!

    Posted by Cindy on February 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 pm.

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