Born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore area, Fr. Leo actually developed his love for cooking while attending the seminary at the North American College in Rome. There, he became friendly with several Italian restaurant owners and would often invite them back to the student kitchen to trade cooking secrets. They would teach him about rigatoni and lasagna; he would show them how to make hamburgers and ribs. Today, he is a skilled cook who still enjoys learning how to make new dishes, and loves the process of preparing a meal, as much as he does sharing it with a table full of friends.
Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the department of English and modern languages at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. She has written extensively for Catholic Update and St. Anthony Messenger and is the author of "Handing On the Faith: When You Are a Godparent," "Loving the Everyday: Meditations for Moms," and "Woman to Woman: Seeing God in Everyday Life."
Dr. Pia de Solenni is an ethicist and cultural analyst. She owns her own consulting company, Diotima Consulting. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online.
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