Lauren Kolenda ’24, Staff Writer

Back in September, I attended Abbeyfest, which took place on the grounds of Daylesford Abbey, home of the Norbertine priests and brothers in Paoli. The Catholic/Christian music festival featured musical performances by Firehill Worship, The Scally Brothers, and Matt Maher, to name a few. Besides the musical performances, Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Perez and there was a surprise visit from Jonathan Roumie, best known for portraying Jesus on the TV series The Chosen. Aside from the main events, there were hundreds of Christian vendors and organizations, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. Priests from all different orders were available to hear confessions and there were prayer and spiritual healing teams around for anyone who needed it. To conclude the event, there was a candlelight Eucharistic procession, adoration, and benediction.

It was my first time attending Abbeyfest, and to be honest I didn’t really know what it was or what to expect. I knew it would be an outdoor concert with Christian music, but I have never attended a concert or heard any Christian music besides the hymns we sing at Mass. But when my roommate invited me to come along with her family, I decided it would be fun to check it out.

I ended up having the most amazing experience. From outdoor Mass and adoration to just dancing near the stage with all of my friends, I had an awesome time! I loved how everything was tailored towards kids and their families. The grounds of Daylesford Abbey are beautiful to walk around. I would highly recommend going and you’ll definitely see me there next year!

Photo by Sam Scharf with friends and Chaplin Father Carl at AbbeyFest