The Abbey Youth Festival is an apostolic service of 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 ages 13 and up!
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!
Click here to check out our AYF photo collection!
Be on the lookout for the latest addition to your AYF experience: The AYF App! Optimized for both Android and Apple phones and tablets, now everything you will need to know about Abbey Youth Fest will be easily accessible right at the palm of your hand. The app will include basic info about Speakers/Musicians, Registration, and Lodging, as well as Food, Vendors/Exhibitors, Schedules, and Contact Info.
New features include: Access to our Facebook and Youtube, as well as a Google Map of the AYF Field with location services, and Ask the Expert, which introduces the Catholic theologians/experts that will be able to answer any of your faith questions the day of AYF.
Coming soon to both the Google Play Store and the App Store!
*Developments and Updates still in progress*
One of our most advanced features: the Field Map. With GPS embedded, it's now possible for you to see the layout of the field as well as where you are on the field and other parts of the seminary campus at any moment.
Now all of our YouTube videos are in one spot for you to watch and share with others! Videos include promos, catechesis, and other short clips.
Are you a student, parent, pastor, youth group minister, or anyone wanting info about AYF 2017? Below are some tools that you can use to promote AYF anywhere at anytime.
The poster contains basic info about AYF 2017 as well as pictures and names of the speakers/musicians this year. Be sure to share it with others!
Have any questions about AYF 2017? Check out this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet for any inquiries. It should have ALL of the information you will need about anything AYF.
Wanna watch the AYF 2017 promo video with your youth group, or simply share the excitement with others? Click below to be directed to our YouTube channel.
Tours of the Abbey church are available during AYF at two separate times: Noon to 1:30 PM and 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Groups must pre-register for tours via our seminarian tour docent, Brian DeVillier.
Brian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Email Brian your name, the name of your group, and the size of your party, as well as your cell phone number and email address.
Although you weren't able to see the chapel this year, we have decided to let you know the name that you all voted on!
Introducing the new Chapel of Saint John Paul II !!!
Because of the historic flooding that took away our AYF 2016 experience, Saint Joseph Abbey + Seminary College has been effected dramatically. If you are interested in helping the Abbey in any way please visit the following link: