2016 Olive Mass: How the table was set?
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.