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Voting open in diocese’s Cooks with Collars competition

Have you ever wondered if your priest can cook?

The Diocese of Allentown launched a competition Friday to show off a number of their priests’ skills in a new competition to help raise money for the parishes.

Cooks with Collars is open for voting now until Feb. 15, and priests from all over the diocese are showing off their knowledge of the kitchen. Videos of the priests showcasing their cooking skills - or lack of skills - have been posted to the website www.cookswithcollars.com.

“We are always looking for ways to help the faithful become even more engaged with their parishes, and to help parishes and Catholic Charities raise much-needed funding for the important work they do in the community,” said Paul Wirth, communications director of the diocese. “On top of that, many priests are great cooks, and everyone loves food, so this seemed like ‘tasty’ way to bring that all together.”

Wirth said there are 25 parishes participating in the competition, including the local parishes of Assumption BVM of Slatington, St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley in Summit Hill, SS. Peter and Paul of Lehighton, St. Richard’s of Barnesville and All Saints of McAdoo. In addition, Lansford native, Monsignor Thomas Orsulak, who is pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Reading, is also participating.

Voting for parishes costs $10 a vote. Money raised will help the parishes, as well as Catholic Charities. There is no limit to how often you can cast a vote. As of 6 p.m. Friday, a total of $17,100 had already been raised for all of the parishes.

Winners in the competition will be announced on Feb. 16.

Voting is open in the Diocese of Allentown's Cooks with Collars competition. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO