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Father Leo Patalinghug: Connecting Food and Faith View Comments
By Susan Hines-Brigger

Father Leo Patalinghug of the Archdiocese of Baltimore founded the Grace Before Meals movement to promote families preparing and enjoying meals together.
THIS MONTH, families across the country will gather around their tables to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a scene that Father Leo Patalinghug, a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is trying to get families to recreate the other 364 days of the year. He’s doing that through his Grace Before Meals movement (www.gracebeforemeals.com), which encourages families to prepare and enjoy meals together. It is a movement that Father Leo says has its heart in the Eucharist.

“Relationships are what I’m trying to encourage...relationships that are developed when we spend time with each other and feed one another,” he says.

St. Anthony Messenger spoke with Father Leo about the Grace Before Meals movement last June at the University of Dayton before his presentation to the Stewardship Summit for the Archdiocese of
Cincinnati.
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Susan Hines-Brigger is the assistant managing editor of this magazine.

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