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About the Logo...
The Abbey Youth Fest logo is designed by seminarian, Luke Mayeux of the Diocese of Beaumont. The image is an imitation of the Dom Gregory de Wit painting in the apse of the St. Joseph Abbey Church on the site of AYF. Inspired by St. Patrick's Breastplate prayer, the logo exemplifies the Christo-centric aspect of the prayer, while the 12 stars symbolize discipleship as well as the Blessed Mother inviting us to her Son. The image of the Risen Lord invokes the message found in the Gospel on the day of AYF: "And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself." Jn 12: 20-33
On-site Registration & Check In Opens (Registration Barn)
AYF Field Opens
Welcome to AYF 2018!!! with Emily Wilson and Luke Kirk
Arise! with Fr. Brad Doyle
Midday Break & Lunch
The Vigil Project concert + Abbey Church Tours + Seminary College Tours (pre-registered men only) + Vendor & Exhibitor Visits Sacrament of Reconciliation + Eucharistic Adoration + Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit
Noon - 12:45 PM
Optional Break Out Session
What Does the Catholic Church Really Say About Faith & Science? with Dr. Chris Baglow, Margaret Baglow, and
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: Daughter, Arise with Emily Wilson and Andrea Thomas
Teen Boys: Why Being a Virtuous Man is Better Than Being a Jerk! with Austin Ashcraft, Joe Bass, Fr. Brad Doyle, and
Adult Leaders: Ministry in the Modern Age with Dr. Tom Neal, Fr. Bryce Sibley, and Greg & Lizzy
2:15 - 3:30 PM
Covenant 7 concert + Abbey Church Tours + Seminary College Tours (pre-registered men only) + Vendor & Exhibitor Visits Sacrament of Reconciliation + Eucharistic Adoration + Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit
2:45 - 3:15 PM
Optional Afternoon Mini-Break Out Sessions
Teens: #HowIPray with Margaret Baglow, Cameron Vidal, and Austin Ashcraft
Adults: Spirituality of the Laity: What Are You Building? with Dr. Tom Neal
3:30 - 3:45 PM
Mass Preparation with The Vigil Project
Vigil Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent with Archbishop Gregory Aymond as Celebrant and Fr. Colm Cahill as Homilist
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Dinner Break & Evening Concert with Ike Ndolo and Emily Wilson
Vendor & Exhibitor Visits + Sacrament of Reconciliation + Eucharistic Adoration + Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit
Return to Main Field
6:45 - 7:15 PM
Compline with Saint Joseph Seminary College Schola directed by Ben Frederick
Verso l'Alto: Toward the Top with Fr. Bryce Sibley
Farewell Until AYF 2019 (March 23, 2019)
Abbey Youth Festival Field Closes
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!
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!
The Chapel of Saint John Paul II is now a permanent feature of the Abbey Youth Festival. Each year AYF converts the old Abbey saw mill into a place of prayer for the thousands of teens who participate in the festival. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available in the AYF chapel area.
"'Rabbi, where are you staying?' Each day the Church responds: Christ is present in the Eucharist, in the sacrament of His death and resurrection. In and through the Eucharist, you acknowledge the dwelling-place of the Living God in human history. For the Eucharist is the Sacrament of the Love which conquers death. It is the Sacrament of the Covenant, pure Gift of Love for the reconciliation of all humanity. It is the gift of the Real Presence of Jesus The Redeemer, in the bread which is His Body given up for us, in the wine which is His Blood poured out for all. Thanks to the Eucharist, constantly renewed among all peoples of the world, Christ continues to build His church: He brings us together in praise and thanksgiving for salvation, in the communion which only infinite love can forge. Our worldwide gathering now takes on its fullest meaning, through the celebration of the Mass. Dear young friends, may your presence here mean a true commitment in faith! For Christ is now answering your own question and the questions of all those who seek the Living God. He answers by offering an invitation: This is My Body, take It and eat. To the Father He entrusts His supreme desire: that all those whom He loves may be one in the same communion...
"Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again in glory. These words contain the very essence of the Eucharistic mystery. In them we find what we bear witness to and share in every day as we celebrate and receive the Eucharist. In the Upper Room Jesus effects the consecration. By virtue of His words, the bread - while keeping the external appearance of bread - becomes His Body, and the wine - while maintaining the external appearance of wine - becomes His Blood. THIS IS THE GREAT MYSTERY OF FAITH! THIS IS THE LIVING BREAD WHICH CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN!"
Saint John Paul II, World Youth Day homily, August 24, 1997, Paris, France
New to Abbey Youth Festival this year will be select panels from the Official Vatican Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit originally conceived and designed by Servant of God Carlo Acutis who died at the age of 15 in 2006. Carlo was something of a whiz with computers. He also was fascinated by, and deeply devoted to, the Eucharistic miracles of our Lord. The panels you will see at AYF this year (generously loaned by Mr. Philip Bellini) are the fruit of Carlo's devotion and efforts. To learn more about Carlo follow the link below to Aleteia where you'll find an excellent article about this servant of God.