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Just 18 months after a devastating flood, St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington is hosting its annual fundraising gala, Deo Gratias, on Saturday, Oct. 28. Deo Gratias means "thanks be to God" in Latin. The event takes place on the grounds of Saint Joseph Abbey, located at 75376 River Road, in Covington. Registration is available at

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with vespers in the Abbey Church with the Benedictine monks and the Schola Cantorum. The outdoor gala begins at 7 p.m. Food will be prepared by chef John Folse, and guests can participate in a silent auction featuring a variety of items, including art by local artists. This year's featured auction artwork is a painting by Madisonville's Frankie De Melo, titled "Abbey Reflections." Desserts will be provided by Zoe's Bakery and Maple Street Patisserie and fine wines and cheeses by Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket.

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Other auction items include unique religious pieces, jewelry, get-aways and gift certificates. A favorite auction item is always a basket of goods made by members of the monastic community. The Deo Gratias raffle this year will include $500 cash, restaurant packages, a one-night stay and breakfast at Annadele's Plantation, and a framed Audubon print.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Seminary College, which has seen a surge in enrollment over the last several years and is now the largest seminary college in the country. In 2010, just 75 seminarians were studying for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary College. Now,...
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