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.