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A Day of Giving

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is "Giving Tuesday." For the Abbey Youth Festival, it is a day when we get to join with folks from all over the Archdiocese of New Orleans to participate in iGiveCatholic.

#iGiveCatholic is the first-ever online giving day for the Catholic community. It is a call to share our blessings with the Church and those the Church helps and supports in our communities. 

Since 2001, AYF has been preaching, teaching, praying, and communing with thousands of young people from across the southern United States. Will you consider giving to AYF to support our continued ministry of evangelization and proclamation of the Gospel to young people?

Please click the button below to donate to Abbey Youth Festival on Tuesday, November 29th. Thank you for your support! 

March 23, 2019

We can’t wait to see you here!

March 23, 2019

We can’t wait to see you here!

 AYF Pre-Registration is opening December 8, 2019.

Still have questions? Please go to our Policies & Procedures page and download the documents there.  Thank you.

9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Abbey Youth Festival 2019


Abbey Youth Festival 2018 PROMO Video!

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AYF Theme

AYF Theme


Working Schedule

Working Schedule

Working Schedule (We’re building it bit by bit! Here’s a rough outline!)

8:00 AM                   
On-site Registration & Check In Opens!

9:30 AM 
AYF Field Opens 

10:00 AM                 
Welcome to AYF 2019!!! Emcees Dcn. Andrew Gutierrez and Sarah Denny

10:20 AM 
Opening Keynote: Fr. Sidney Speaks

11:15 AM-12:45 PM                     
Midday Break & Lunch
Concert + Abbey Church Tours + Vendor & Exhibitor Visits+ Sacrament of Reconciliation
12:50 PM                     
Teens and Adults move to Afternoon Break Out Sessions

1:00 - 2:15 PM       
Afternoon Break Out Sessions (All participants must attend one.)
Teen Girls: Led by Danielle Heitmann!

Teen Boys: Led by Dom Quaglia!
Adult Leaders: TBD

2:15 - 3:30 PM        
Afternoon Break
Covenant 7 concert + Abbey Church Tours + Seminary College Tours + Vendor & Exhibitor Visits Sacrament of Reconciliation + Eucharistic Adoration                                    

3:30 - 3:45 PM
Mass Preparation

3:45 PM
Vigil Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent with Archbishop Gregory Aymond as Celebrant and Fr. Trey Angie as Homilist

5:00 - 6:30 PM
Dinner Break & Evening Concert with the Sarah Kroger Band!

Vendor & Exhibitor Visits + Sacrament of Reconciliation + Eucharistic Adoration + Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

6:30 PM
Return to Main Field

6:45 - 7:15 PM
Compline with Saint Joseph Seminary College Schola directed by Ben Frederick

7:15 PM

8:00 PM
Candlelight Adoration

9:00 PM
Farewell Until AYF 2019 (March 23, 2019)     

9:30 PM
Abbey Youth Festival Field Closes                            

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Ayf Prayer and mission

Ayf Prayer and mission



AYF is quickly approaching, and we want you to join us in prayer for the success of the event. Because this year's Abbey Youth Festival falls on the feast day of St. Patrick, we are asking for his intercession as we pray on the 17th of every month the St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer. Let us join together praying for our spiritual preparedness and the spiritual preparation for AYF! 


St. Patrick's Breastplate

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Established in 2001, the Abbey Youth Festival is an apostolic outreach of the Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College.  It is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to experience a day of prayer and faith formation with an exposure to the Benedictine tradition.  Its focus is evangelization and vocational discernment by means of Liturgy, prayer, worship, music, and education appropriate for Catholic young people.

Teams of six to eight SJSC seminarians are selected annually to assume the tasks associated with planning the festival.  Students led by the AYF Director discern the theme, speakers, presenters, logo, and direction of the event each year.  Further, they work alongside the Director to complete all necessary logistical tasks.  Valuable lessons of leadership, teamwork, youth ministry, and collaboration are deepened through participation on the AYF team.  By emphasizing the four pillars of formation throughout the planning process, seminarians are able to enter into this work as an authentic apostolic outreach.  


Abbey Youth Fest began in 2001 under the leadership of Dr. Chris Baglow and a dedicated seminarian task force. The seminarians of Saint Joseph Seminary College continue to play a vital part in the production of AYF in conjunction with the seminary staff. It has, in 12 short years, turned into the largest event in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, drawing nearly 250 different groups from all across the south and surpassing 4500 participants per year for the last few years. AYF is an event you don't want to miss!