On March 30th, Abbot Justin Brown, O.S.B. signed a contract with Blitch Knevel Architects for the renovation of the Christian Life Center. Abbot Justin is joined by Ron Blitch, President of blitch knevel (L) and Deacon Mark Coudrain, director of the CLC (r).

(Click to enlarge) A rendering of the renovation and modernization of the CLC by Blitch Knevel Architects.

Renovations are scheduled to begin in May 2017 with an expected reopening in January 2018. Prior to the March 11th flood of 2016, the CLC was preparing for its first major renovation of the bedroom wings. Although the flood delayed the intended renovations, now the whole facility is need of renovation.

We will continue to provide updates on the clc re-construction here. contact the clc office at 985 892-3473 or clc@sjasc.edu for more information on making a reservation for your retreat next year.

Saint Joseph Abbey is located on a 1,200-acre site four miles north of Covington, LA. At the Christian Life Center (CLC), the monks extend their hospitality to groups who seek the peace and solitude of a monastic setting to develop their spirituality. The surrounding grounds and pine forests offer opportunities for quiet and reflective leisure to each retreatant.

Retreats have been hosted at the CLC for over 50 years, and we now offer Abbey-sponsored group league retreats for Men, Women, Married Couples and Mixed Groups. We also offer bookings for diocesan, corporate, and arts programs, as well as those sponsored by churches of differing faiths.

The Abbey CLC welcomes people of all faiths (18 years or older). Following renovations in 2017, the CLC  will be able to accommodate 60 retreatants in double occupancy rooms (30 single occupancy), each with a private bath. The CLC houses all guest rooms, chapel, library and dining room under one roof. All meals are served at the CLC and all linens are supplied. Of course, the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours are always open to all in the Abbey Church.

The Abbey-sponsored league retreats are intended to reach each retreatant where each one's needs lie, with time for quiet, reflection and prayer. Please refer to the "Retreat League" section of this site for more information, including a schedule of these retreats.

If interested, please inquire with the CLC Office about the Triduum Retreat held each year from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday.

To reach the CLC Office, please call 985 892-3473 or e-mail us at clc@sjasc.edu.

Member of the Association of Benedictine Retreat Centers