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Celebrity Cooking Priest to Appear in Tampa

Fundraising event on November 5, 2022, will benefit Catholic Charities.

Caption: Father Leo Patalinghug, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is an award-winning chef who encourages families to prepare and enjoy meals together.

Delicious food is on the menu and it will be prepared in front of all guests who attend the second annual Catholic Charities Celebration of Life Gala on November 5th at Higgins Hall of St. Lawrence Catholic Church located at 5225 North Himes Avenue, Tampa.

Father Leo Patalinghug, who has appeared on the Food Network and hosts his own show on EWTN, will provide cooking demonstrations and be the keynote speaker of the Gala that will benefit clients served by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Ministries of Mercy. These ministries include shelters for the homeless, free medical clinics and crisis pregnancy centers.

Father Leo is an award-winning chef who has a unique perspective on ministry and family life. In his ministry, Father Leo brings people together for a home-cooked meal and offers advice for families, married couples and individuals while keeping you entertained. Plating Grace with Father Leo is a fun, family focused, dynamic ministry seeking to bring about a future of stronger families, closer relationships, and a deeper understanding of Jesus as Food for our mind, body and soul.

The Celebration of Life Gala was held for the first-time last year, with over 460 people attending and more than $300,000 raised to benefit over 16,000 individuals in need.

Funds raised this year will support people in need, including homeless families, those without health insurance and women who are experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy.

Tickets and sponsorships for this gala can be purchased online or you can call (813) 631-4393, or email With your support, more clients will receive lifesaving services.

The doors for this event will open at 6:00 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Individual seats and ticket are $100 per person, and sponsorships start at $1,500.