2016 Olive Mass: How the table was set?

Father Leo Patalinghug

Father Leo Patalinghug Photo Courtesy of Grace Before Meals, LLC.

On September 26th of 2016, Father Leo Patalinghug led in a special church service in New Orleans at St. Louis Cathedral. This is the first service of it’s kind, to serve as a tribute to people in the hospitality field.

“The Catholic church holds similar services for the legal profession (the Red Mass), for law enforcement (the Blue Mass) and the medical field (the White Mass).”

Chef and restaurateur John Besh has been working closely with Fr. Leo on the Olive Mass plans.

The Olive Mass followed the lines of traditional Catholic liturgy, with Archbishop Gregory Aymond as the main celebrant. The service started at 10am, followed by a reception at the Ursuline Convent from noon to 3pm.

Last year, there was a benefit dinner at John Besh’s restaurant Shaya celebrating the visiting chefs from Chefs for Peace. Chefs for Peace is “a collaboration of chefs from Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths based in Jerusalem. They host meals to strengthen ties among people of different faiths in the Middle East.


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Articles from last years Mass

Inaugural Olive Mass held for peace, blessings to hospitality workers, by Meg Farris, WWLTW

Olive Mass Sept. 26 honors food industry professionals by Clarion Herald

First ever Olive Mass set for Monday at St. Louis Cathedral by Archdiocese of New Orleans 

Fall Festivals, the Olive Mass, and Father Leo Patalinghug

Ever heard of an Olive Mass; well it’s coming soon to a Cathedral in New Orleans by Michael Talbot

Catholic church celebrates hospitality industry Sept. 26 with Olive Mass by Susan Isaacs