A Friar Who’s a Baker — and a Recipe for Carrot Cake| National Catholic Register

Franciscan Father Nicholas Spano is the parochial vicar at Assumption Church in Syracuse, New York, and director of “the Franciscan Place at Destiny USA,” a parish ministry that brings daily Mass and 12 hours of confession per week to a regional shopping center in Syracuse. Born in upstate New York to a Catholic family, he said he had always wanted to be a priest, a choice that met with his parent’s approval. But other life influences temporarily interceded. Coming from an Italian family, Father Spano said cooking appealed to him because he was always helping his grandparents in their vegetable garden, picking berries and seasonal produce. Even more, he liked watching his grandmother cook. “She was always making something, like rhubarb or gooseberry jam,” he said. “So from a young age, I was involved with cooking things like that because my mom did not like to cook. … My grandmother was excited to cook, and was a foodie on her own.”

A Friar Who’s a Baker — and a Recipe for Carrot Cake| National Catholic Register

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