“Arts at the Abbey,” a daylong spiritual and immersive art experience on the grounds of Saint Joseph Abbey, will feature a talk by Professor James Patrick Reid, M. Div., artist and former instructor at the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League. Reid, whose commissioned work can be found on the walls of churches nationwide, is currently on faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY.

Reid’s lecture, “Invisible Things Clearly Seen: The Spiritual Dimension of Art,” will draw the audience into a study of masterpieces throughout history, including the sacred art of Dom Gregory de Wit, O.S.B., a Dutch Benedictine monk commissioned in 1946 to execute a series of murals at the Abbey. Reid is a member and has spoken at the Catholic Artists Society at the Catholic Center at NYU as well as at universities across the country

Co-sponsored by Abbey Art Works, “Arts at the Abbey” takes place Friday, Aug. 25 and includes a full day of activities curated by Abbey Art Works artist-in-residence Lyn Taylor. Attendees can tour de Wit’s murals, attend a unique hands-on experience on the secret drawing techniques of Leonardo Da Vinci, and visit ABBEE Honey, the beekeeping operation at the Abbey. The cost for the day is $25.00 (includes lunch) or $15.00 for the lecture only. Registration is recommended by visiting The Abbey is located at 75376 River Road in Covington, La.

Sign-in for “Arts at the Abbey” is from 9-10 a.m. The schedule is as follows:

10:00 – visit the Honey Hut. Meet ABBEE Honey’s Jeff Horchoff for a tour of his beekeeping operation and a honey tasting.
11:15- Visit Abbey Art Works. Hands on art opportunity. Experience Leonardo Da Vinci’s secret drawing technique.
12:15 – Tour of Dom Gregory de Wit’s murals in the Abbey Church
1:00 – Lunch in the Student Refectory
1:45 – Tour of de Wit murals in the Monks’ Refectory
2:30 – Guild of St. Luke Lecture: “Invisible Things Clearly Seen: The Spiritual Dimension of Art.” Presented by guest speaker James Patrick Reid, M. Div. Abbey Church.
4:00 – Reception and Exhibition at Abbey Art Works studio.
“Arts at the Abbey” is what is hoped to be one of many signature events, classes and lectures held throughout the year at the Abbey as part of the Guild of St. Luke, a new membership outreach program of Abbey Art Works, launched October 18th last year, the Feast of St. Luke, considered by some to be the patron saint of artists. The feast day also celebrated the new permanent home of the studio in the Abbey’s Old Chicken Coop. The Guild of St. Luke is open to all, including arts organizations, professional artists, teachers, working artists, patrons, collectors, scholars, historians and philosophers. Visit for more information or to become a member.

For more information on any of these events, contact Abbey Art Works at 985-789-6889 or visit

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St John’s Family Day Talent Search

Do you have a special talent that you would like to share with your St. John’s Family? Come to Family Day on September 24th and show or demonstrate your craft. Whether you do woodworking, pottery, quilting, crocheting, or some other interesting hobby, please consider sharing your time and introducing your art to others who might be interested in your passion. Contact Urbain Breaud at or 504-388-3700 for more information. Deadline August 29th.  Sign up here.

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Men’s Morning of Reflection

Mary Queen of Peace will host a Men’s Morning of Reflection on first Saturdays. Click on the image below for a downloadable flyer.

mqp men retreatMen’s Morning of Reflection Flyer 2017

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Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Covington will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima with the Rosary at 6:30pm, a concert with Kitty Cleveland at 7pm and a reception at 8pm.  A flyer is below.


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Come Away with Me, A Young Women’s Retreat


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Bishop Barron’s Daily Lent Reflections

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Monk Run Returns to Saint Joseph Abbey

Following the extensive flooding last March, which resulted in $35 million in damage, the 2017 edition of the popular Monk Run makes its triumphant return to the beautiful rounds of Saint Joseph Abbey.  The annual 1-mile / 5k trail run and walk takes place Saturday, March 18 at Saint Joseph Abbey, located at 75376 River Road in St. Benedict, north of Covington. Monk Run will also qualify as the RRCA Louisiana State 5K Championship.

The Abbey was closed to the public immediately after the flood last year, and race organizers with the 15th Street Flyers were determined to ensure the race returned home in 2017. Showing their resilience and “can do” attitude after the flood last year, the Flyers stepped up, relocating the race to Hubie Gallagher Park in Covington, where it became not only a street style race, but also a fundraiser for the Abbey, bringing in nearly $8,000 for the Abbey recovery efforts.

This year’s 1-mile race begins at 8 a.m., while the 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration and number pickup begin at 6:45 a.m.  Online registration is available through Saturday, March 11 at Pre-registration is $30, or $15 for ages 16 and under. T-shirts will be given out to all pre-registered entrants on the day of the race. Race day registration is $35, or $20 for ages 16 and under. Race day entrants are not guaranteed T-shirt availability or sizes.  Registration forms, which can be downloaded here, may be mailed by Friday, March 10 (with checks only, payable to Saint Joseph Abbey) to Saint Joseph Abbey, C/O 15th Street Flyers, 49 Karen Dr., Covington, LA 70433. Registration is also available at Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne Street in Mandeville.

Hand-made awards from the Abbey monks will be given in several categories and age groups. Runners may also bring a chair or blanket for the post-race celebration featuring
local food and refreshments, including beverages from Abita Brewing Company.

The flooding at Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College last March, the worst in a century, damaged 31 buildings and structures on the grounds, including the historic Abbey
Church, monastery, Seminary College classrooms, residence halls, library, gym, dining halls, and kitchen. In addition to the return of Monk Run, other signs of progress this past year include the reopening of the Abbey Church, Woodworks, Pennies for Bread and the Gift Shop. Renovations on the Christian Life Retreat Center are scheduled to be completed in late 2017. To find out how you can help, visit

For additional race information or to become a sponsor, call Diane Weiss at (985) 893-3684 or (504) 460-2991 . To be a sponsor, contact Kathy Nastasi at (985) 867-2284 or by March 8, 2017.

Please consider helping Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College recover from the flood waters that overtook the campus on March 11, 2016.

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