Saint Joseph Abbey
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Over the past century, Saint Joseph Abbey has become an enduring presence in the Gulf South, etching in small strokes an indelible mark on local and regional history. The abbey has educated many of the region's civic and religious leaders. It has founded and staffed numerous parishes in the New Orleans and Northshore areas. It has had a significant impact on area culture by sponsoring and promoting programs in both liturgical and secular arts. And finally, Saint Joseph Abbey has maintained and cultivated an abiding spiritual presence in the community, which is manifested in its daily rhythms of prayer.
On Friday, March 11, 2016, floodwaters from the Bogue Falaya River inundated Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College with nearly two feet of water. The impact of the flood far surpasses damages suffered in Hurricane Katrina — especially in light of record enrollment in the seminary. The generosity of our friends and neighbors has been humbling. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but 31 buildings took on water, including the basement of the Abbey Church, damaging electrical and air conditioning systems crucial for maintaining the integrity of the chapel’s murals by artist Dom Gregory de Wit. Cleanup started immediately the day after the flood, with two 75-person crews working around the clock to limit additional damage from the mold. The total cost of the three phases of recovery—cleanup, repair and reconstruction—is estimated to exceed $30 million. Enrollment this fall in the Seminary College has doubled from just six years ago to 150 seminarians from 22 dioceses in seven states. While some classrooms and dorm rooms have yet to come back online, modular units were brought onto campus over the summer.
75376 River Rd
St. Benedict, LA 70457
Archdiocese of New Orleans