St. Joseph Seminary College, which welcomed a record 150 seminarians this year, will host its annual fundraising gala, Deo Gratias, Latin for “Thanks be to God,” at 7 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 29, on the grounds of St. Joseph Abbey, 75376 River Road, Covington.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with vespers in the Abbey Church with the Benedictine monks. Murals painted by renowned artist-monk Dom Gregory de Wit will illuminate Abbey Church, included on the National Register of Historic Places. The outdoor gala begins at 7 p.m. Food will be prepared by award-winning chef John Folse, and guests can participate in a silent auction that includes art by local artists.

All proceeds benefit the seminary, which began the semester with the largest enrollment in its history as a college. The seminary has doubled enrollment from just six years ago, when 75 seminarians attended.

A March 11 flood inundated the abbey and college with more than 2 feet of water, resulting in the delay of implementing new construction that would help accommodate a steady rise in enrollment.

Gala tickets are $95 each, and raffle tickets are $25 each. For more information on being a sponsor or to purchase tickets and raffle tickets, visit or contact Kathy Nastasi, manager of marketing and volunteers, at (985) 867-2284 or