Yet for many Catholics—myself included—a vegetarian or vegan diet is an integral part of our religious practice. Darleen Pryds, a professor of Christian history and spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California, says that being mindful about the food you eat can be a spiritual practice.
Catholic vegan Christin Tomy, who currently works as Care of Creation Coordinator for the Dominican sisters in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, also connects vegetarianism to her religious identity.
I have a commitment of living simply to be more mindful of people who live in real poverty. I would like to food and our diet be more a part of that conversation. After college Tomy spent time as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize, where part of her work involved butchering chickens. Human species have been meat eaters; animals eat other animals.