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 12 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!
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:
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 !!!