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.
Learn more at http://gracebeforemeals.com/about-the-movement.
Chris Padgett is a popular speaker, musician, professor, and author who has traveled around the world for nearly two decades giving concerts, talks, keynotes, and retreats to all ages about the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. A convert to Catholicism, he also teaches at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is pursuing a doctorate in sacred theology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton. He and his wife, Linda, have nine children and live in Steubenville, Ohio.
Visit Chris at http://chrispadgett.com.
Mark Hart is executive vice president of Life Teen, a Catholic youth ministry movement currently being implemented in 1,600 parishes in twenty-six countries worldwide. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mark is a best-selling author and popular speaker. His weekly video podcast is seen in more than twenty countries and his DVD bible study series, Encounter and T3, are widely used. Learn more at http://www.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/57/mark-hart.
Matt Maher—artist/worshipper, worship leader, songwriter, singer, and recording artist—has taken his calling as a “musical missionary” to create a substantial impact on a national and global stage. As an award-winning songwriter, Maher gained notice as the writer of the internationally renowned modern-worship song, “Your Grace Is Enough.” Highly sought after for his poignant yet poetic writing style, Maher has recently had songs recorded by such artists as Chris Tomlin; Bethany Dillon; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Brenton Brown, and others. In addition, Maher’s songs have appeared in the top 15 ranked songs on the CCLI chart, marking their popularity in church worship-services around the world. Visit Matt online at http://www.mattmahermusic.com/home.
Father Louis Merosne is madly in love with the Trinity, the Blessed Mother, and the Catholic Church. Born in Haiti, he moved to Boston in 1993. He studied French, philosophy, and theology at Franciscan University from 2002 to 2007. Ordained in 2011, he now serves in Haiti in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne under Bishop Pierre-André Dumas. He cannot adequately express in words the gift that is the priesthood. Preaching the good news of Jesus Christ is both a duty and passion for him. His perpetual prayer intention is to be a saintly priest. See more at: http://www.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/9757/father-louis-merosne#sthash.2Rd34xkg.dpuf.
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career. Dr. Woo was born and raised in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her B.S., M.S.I.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and became a member of its faculty. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Woo served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Woo is married to Dr. David E. Bartkus and they have two sons, Ryan and Justin.
Read her complete biography at http://www.crs.org/about/executives/bio-carolyn.cfm.
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga SDB (born December 29, 1942) is the current Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, President of Caritas Internationalis and was President of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) from 1995 to 1999. Cardinal Rodríguez was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. He was the Vatican's spokesman with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, on the issue of Third World debt. Cardinal Rodríguez chairs the Council of Nine Cardinals charged by Pope Francis to reform the Roman curia.