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

set to reopen January 2018, Renovations began on the retreat center in May 2017.

Prior to the March 2016 flood, the CLC was preparing for its first major renovation of the bedroom wings. now the whole facility is in need of a complete overhaul. We are still accepting donations towards the expected $3.5 million construction costs. our goal is to continue offering a conducive environment for people seeking renewal and rejuvenation.

Following reconstruction, occupancy will double in the retreat center. All rooms will also include a queen bed and pullout sofa as well as individual room temperature control. The roof and windows will also be replaced.

Click gallery below to view photos of construction and updates.

Click the photo gallery below for construction and updates. contact the clc office at 985 892-3473 or clc@sjasc.edu for more information on making a reservation for your retreat next year.

"Let all guests who arrive received as Christ" - from the Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 53

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.

The Abbey CLC welcomes people of all faiths (18 years or older). Retreats have been hosted at the CLC for over 50 years, and we continue to offer Abbey-sponsored league retreats for Men, Women, Married Couples and Mixed Groups. The CLC is available to outside groups.

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 and linens are provided. You are welcome to join the monks in prayer in the Abbey Church.

Registration for all retreats is available by clicking the individual retreat category links, located on the upper lefthand side of this page.

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