2012 Conference

Fr. Leo Patalinghug

   Born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore area, Fr. Leo Patalinghug actually developed his love for cooking while attending the seminary at the North American College in Rome. Fr. Leo was ordained in 1999 and served as a parish priest for five years at St. John’s Church in Westminster, Maryland. He was often invited to his parishioners’ homes for dinner. To their surprise, he would turn the table and cook for them, using these opportunities to build friendships and engage in relaxed conversations in the kitchen. Those memorable and unstructured times spent making a meal together provided the inspiration for Fr. Leo’s first book, Grace Before Meals: Recipes for Family Life.

Currently, he is a member of the faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary where he directs the Pastoral Field Education Program for future priests.

   Along with cooking, Fr. Leo’s hobbies include writing, singing and jogging. He especially enjoys traveling, viewing it as an opportunity to broaden his multilingual talents. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has won a national competition in Arnis, a form of full-contact stick fighting.  To learn more about Fr. Leo, go to www.gracebeforemeals.com.


“The Theology of Food on Earth and in Heaven”
The relationship of faith and food is evident when reviewing the scriptural account of the Salvation History (the forbidden fruit) to the invitation to the Heavenly Banquet (the Lamb of God). This fascinating discussion based on the doctrine of the Eucharist engages food as a biological, psychological and as a theological tool that will help strengthen personal faith and devotion in the true food that God provides at the Eucharistic Liturgy.

“Grace Before Meals for Family Feast Days”
Families are constantly pressured to give into the "fast food mentality", which can have serious negative effects for family members, especially the most vulnerable. The Grace Before Meals movement provides a message of hope and a message of good news to every meal. This high energy and thought provoking presentation, which includes an actual cooking demonstration, will make family meal times a divinely inspired and religious experience for everyone.

Annie Karto

As a Catholic singer-songwriter and inspirational speaker, Annie Karto hopes to stir the flame in the Catholic Church through the power of God’s great gift of music. The healing mercy of God is the heart of her music ministry, along with singing of the beautiful sacraments of the Church, and honoring the Blessed Mother Mary. She has a desire to encourage priests in their vocations and has been blessed to share the song she received, “You Are A Priest Forever”, to many priests across the country.

   Being firmly rooted in the Catholic faith, and in complete obedience to the Magisterium of the Church and the Holy Father, Annie belongs to a lay apostolate, the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, an outreach of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Together they strive to promote Eucharistic Adoration, bring the Divine Mercy message to a hurting world, form small faith groups called cenacles, which meet to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, pray for an end to abortion, and study Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the diary of St. María Faustina. They also encourage praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and the dying.

   To learn more about Annie, go to www.anniekarto.com.

“Bridges of Mercy”
Pope John Paul 11 called Divine Mercy the "bridge" into the third millennium. Annie will highlight examples of people who were instruments of God's mercy, including John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and more recently, genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza. As a Catholic singer/songwriter, spreading the message of God's mercy is her passion and focus.

Katie Gordy

Katie Gordy is a Pastoral Associate at St. Monica parish in Edmond. The mother of five girls, she now has six grandchildren. She has a masters degree in human relations with an emphasis on chemical dependency, and taught at junior and senior high schools. She is writing a book on her experiences, Worry-Busting - How to Live Joyfully No Matter What. She can be reached at kgordy11@cox.net.

“Worry-Busting.....How to be joyful, no matter what is happening.”
She used to be the "Queen of Worry” but through some very tough times, she had to give it up to keep her sanity. Come hear a touching story and practical ways to let go of what we can't control and give it to God.