September 20th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Out of the kitchen, into the priesthood

The CNN Belief Blog occasionally shares spiritual journeys of others and offers this one from a longtime executive chef in New Orleans, Louisiana.

As his city, state and region struggled this summer to make sense of what the Gulf Coast oil disaster would mean, Kenneth Smith, 50, prepared to hang up his apron and move from feeding people's bellies to feeding their souls.

He was getting ready to leave the kitchen and enter the seminary, when CNN sat down with him.

Read his story, in his own words.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Catholic Church • Journeys

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. CatholicMom

    Kenneth Smith will eventually ‘feed the sheep’ with the bread that comes down from Heaven so that one may eat it and not die!

    September 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Our priest is a very good cook and learned it from his father who cooks meals for up to 1000 people at a time. So I hope Kenneth Smith saves out a few of his favorite cook books because he will still be able to do cooking. Our priest is planning to cook a meal for all of his family [all parishioners] around Christmas time!

      September 22, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  2. peace2all

    Well... sounds like a very sincere man..... good luck to him on his journey. I hope that he is truly able to provide comfort of mind and body. The 'feeding their soul's' part.... Hmmmm.

    Well, again, looks and sounds like a well-intentioned man.... I wish him the best...


    September 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
    • Wow

      you are an extremist. I can tell, because you are so violent in your language. yes, you are wayyy out there, dude.

      be careful you don't draw the wrong kind of attention because of your wild rants against...nothing in particular...LOL


      September 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
    • peace2all


      LOL..!!!! 🙂


      September 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
    • Wow


      1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a peace war!


      September 22, 2010 at 12:26 am |
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