For many people on the north shore, St. Joseph Abbey is a special place. The abbey and its seminary college are situated on acreage surrounded by thick woods in a quiet space north of Covington. Buildings dot the bucolic grounds, and the Bogue Falaya River runs peacefully alongside the property.
The St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College north of Covington saw widespread damage in the March floods. Several feet of water cascaded from the swollen Bogue Falaya River into the abbey, offices, classrooms, dorms and more. Losses were estimated in the millions of dollars.
The blessing of St. Joseph Abbey’s renovated chicken coop by Benedictine Abbot Justin Brown Oct. 18, 2016, ushered in a new era for Abbey Art Works. The repurposed chicken coop now serves as the home for the art studio, which has offered art classes to students, ages 18 and older, since 2008.
The Benedictines are holding their annual bash Deo Gratias on Oct. 29 at their place on River Road, St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, from 6 to 9 pm.