“Every Saint has a past, and Every Sinner a future.”
Father Collin Poston, Chaplin of The Table Foundation quoted Oscar Wilde stating that:
“All the people in Matthew 25 are in prison, or sick,” Father Poston said. “All the people that Jesus points out weren’t in the ‘club’. Responding with mercy to the people the Gospel writers mention, that’s what we’re supposed to be about as Christians.”
Father Poston is the pastor of two parishes in northern Fredrick County, and he supports programs for ex-offenders. Fr. Poston credits Fr. Leo Patalinghug for helping him in his journey to become a priest, and invited Fr. Leo to be the homilist at Fr. Poston’s first official Mass at the historic Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, MD, after his ordination.
Fr. Leo began a “faith, family and food” movement which aims to offer employment and transitional housing to ex-offenders. This movement starts with The Table Foundation and Steven Allbright. Father Poston serves on The Table Foundation’s board, as chaplain.
Released in spring 2014, Allbright went to culinary school, found stable restaurant work and was the first hire of The Table Foundation. The newest ministry begun by Father Leo Patalinghug’s “faith, family and food” movement, it aims to offer employment and transitional housing to ex-offenders.
“My biggest fear was letting him (Father Patalinghug) down,” Allbright said. “With my learning curve, most people would have gotten tired of me.”
Allbright, went to culinary school and was the first hire of The Table Foundation. Father Poston helped in Allbright’s recovery and was able to connect Allbright with Father Leo.