Soul Food Priest

This is the podcast where culinary and Christianity collide. Each week Fr. Ben Bradshaw will serve up homilies, whip up Teaching Tapas, answer your burning questions, and pass along recipes.

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2 hours ago

Todos Somos Inmigrantes/We Are All Immigrants
Padre Ben y Silvia hablan sobre la belleza de las diferentes culturas. ¿Somos todos inmigrantes? ¿Cómo podemos unir nuestras comunidades? ¿Cómo podemos abrazar con amor a nuestros hermanos y hermanas de diferentes países?
Fr. Ben and Silvia talk about the beauty of different cultures. Are we all immigrants? How can we come unite our communities? How can we lovingly embrace our brothers and sisters from different countries.

5 days ago

This small plate contains the beauty of why restaurants are so popular and how they originated.

Homily: Fighting Fair

Monday Jan 23, 2023

Monday Jan 23, 2023

At various times throughout the day, we might be faced with people and problems that will test us. How will we respond? Is it ok to fight back? Fr. Ben gives advice on how to engage in the fight and remain humble. 

Q&A: The Papacy

Thursday Jan 19, 2023

Thursday Jan 19, 2023

Where does the papacy come from? What's the role of the Pope? Why does the Church need a Pope? Who appointed the first Pope? In this episode, all of these questions, and more, are answered. 

Homily: Spiritual Common Sense

Wednesday Jan 18, 2023

Wednesday Jan 18, 2023

Do you panic when life gets tough? Want to know how to respond rather than react? Listen to this homily where Fr. Ben teaches us how to grow in spiritual common sense and not be discouraged.  

Thursday Jan 12, 2023

The etiquette that we use at our dinner tables can remind us of the ways that we ought to interact with others in every other setting of our lives.

Monday Jan 09, 2023

Every January, Fr. Ben gives a State of the Parish Address to his parishioners to look at the previous year and inform them of his vision for the new year. This is also a time where he encourages all to be active disciples of the Lord and share his gratitude for each of them. This message is also for you. Become great disciples in the world by getting involved at your local parish.

Wednesday Jan 04, 2023

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Even though it's January, it's still the Christmas season in the Catholic Church (this is where the 12 Days of Christmas comes from). In this episode, Fr. Ben discusses the beauty and importance of seasonal drinks and the Blessed Mother. On New Year's Day, the Catholic Church celebrates a feast day for the Blessed Mother, so here's a discussion addressing some questions you might have about her.

Monday Jan 02, 2023

Pope Emeritus Benedict and St. Joseph are great examples of true manhood. Fr. Ben shares three lessons from the life of St. Joseph that can help all men grow in true masculinity.

Homily: Peace This Christmas

Friday Dec 30, 2022

Friday Dec 30, 2022

Merry Christmas! Do you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? We hope that as you enjoy this season, and approach the new year, these words of hope and peace bless you. 





Every other week Fr. Ben will be answering your burning questions regarding food and faith. He is joined by two of his friends and staff members, Silvia Vega and Khira Rotty, who will be the moderators for the upcoming Q & A episodes. If you have a question for Fr. Ben go to or the Soul Food Priest FB page at 


Fr. Ben Bradshaw S.T.L.

Originally baptized Lutheran, Fr. Ben became Catholic at a young age and attended Catholic schools in Memphis growing up.

He always loved to cook and always considered being a professional chef or a Catholic priest, and so he became both.

At age 17, he began working for a French chef in Memphis and worked in kitchens until age 20. He then entered Johnson & Wales University culinary arts program in Charleston, SC. There he earned an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.

Fr. Ben then decided to travel to Russia where he lived and worked as a missionary with a religious community. It was there, in a small village, where he began to consider a calling to be a missionary priest. (Since then he has spent time visiting and working in Guatemala, Mexico, Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe.)

He returned home to Memphis and worked as a pastry chef for 5 years. This led him study in Paris, France at the L’Ecôle Lenôtre school of Pastry Arts, where he studied chocolate and pulled sugar artistry. He continued to consider more frequently the call to be a missionary priest.

After returning to the United States he attended The New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Management. After graduating from NECI, Fr. Ben began considering an option he had not yet considered: Diocesan Priesthood. After much prayerful discernment, he entered the seminary at the age of 27 and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Memphis in June of 2006.

Fr. Ben earned a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Divinity in Sacred Theology.  He wrote his Master's thesis on Pope Saint John Paul II's understanding of femininity and womanhood as it relates to writings of St. Edith Stein.  He also holds a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. The focus on his dissertation was on the response of the Catholic Church to the issue of Same-Sex attraction. Since 2005, his continuing education studies have been at the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia, P.A.

Fr. Ben is currently the pastor of St. Michael's parish in Memphis, TN.

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