Employed part time by Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, Christine Kelly Baglow is the event coordinator for the Abbey Youth Festival. She comes to the Abbey with over 27 years experience in youth ministry, public speaking, event planning, and discipleship; 22 years of sacramental marriage; and 18 years of sometimes intentional and other times haphazard parenting. Christine is married to Catholic theologian, seminary professor, and author Dr. Chris Baglow. Together they are raising four children whom they adore. Dr. Baglow founded AYF in 2001 so their dedication to this ministry is of long standing. Christine feels honored to hang out with and minister to teens, and is devoted to all things Marian, JPII, and the Catholic saints. As a proud Irish girl, Christine is thrilled to have AYF land on St. Patrick's Day this year! Coffee is her love language.
Matthew, a seminarian from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, came to seminary straight out of high school and is now a Junior at St. Joseph Seminary College. He enjoys playing most sports, but his favorite is running the sprints in Track, which he competed in throughout high school. Often quiet, observant, and reserved, he nevertheless enjoys meeting new people, experiencing other cultures, and won't hesitate to go out of his comfort zone to gain some new experience or conquer a challenge. In his spare time, you might find him taking pictures (especially time-lapses), reading a book, or enjoying a good sunset.
Nicholas, a seminarian from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, has been a seminarian at St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College for four years and is now a Senior. A true southern boy, he enjoys playing sports, especially football, baseball, and basketball, and also loves to hunt and fish. Besides serving on the AYF team, he also is Parliamentarian of the SGA, and he brings his joyful and fun-loving personality to both of the groups and all those he meets.
Cade, a Senior at St. Ben’s, grew up in Eunice, Louisiana and spent a year at LSU-E before attending St. Joseph’s. Cade wins the admiration of his peers because of his 100% commitment to whatever he does. In addition to working on AYF, he serves his brothers in the seminary community in many ways such as barbecuing for the entire community and leading the seminary’s flag-football team.
Eric Gruspier, a four-year Senior at Saint Joseph Seminary College from the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana, enjoys anything outdoors and physical activity in general. When he isn’t doing “normal seminary stuff”, Eric is a lumberjack, removing dead trees from the forest which surrounds the Abbey to prepare for the annual St. Ben’s Bonfire. He loves making people smile and thinks bringing joy to others’ lives is essential to serving God, but that certainly doesn’t exclude a friendly prank every now and then!
Nick, a seminarian from the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana came to seminary after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is now a Senior at St. Joseph Seminary College. He enjoys playing sports and exercising but his passion is in high school coaching, which he did for six years while attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He enjoys hanging out with his seminarian brothers, watching a good football game, and a hot cup of coffee (no cream and sugar) while getting lost in a book.
Trey, a Senior from the Diocese of Austin, Texas, graduated from Baylor University in 2014 with a degree in Film and Digital Media, after which he dedicated himself to bringing the person of Christ to others as a FOCUS Missionary for one year each at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, TX. He entered seminary last year and enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and being outdoors in general.
Joseph is a Senior from the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Although originally from San Antonio, Texas, he has quickly grown accustomed to the Cajun cuisine, friendliness, and the strong Catholic community of Louisiana. Joseph is the second-oldest of six children, and was homeschooled through high school, after which he entered St. Joseph's Seminary College in 2014. He enjoys singing in the seminary choir, playing the guitar, spending time in nature, and hanging out with his seminarian brothers.