The first Abbey Faith and Music Fest held Saturday, Sept. 20 had to be considered a rousing success, judging by the enthusiasm of the teenagers attending. The outdoor event on Daylesford Abbey’s grounds hosted musical acts, a keynote talk, Mass, confessions, eucharistic adoration, food and fun for nearly 2,000 people. Read the full story here. (Photos by Michelle Kilgore)

Paging Samuel opens the musical festival with their set.

Musicians and teen singers lead the liturgical music for Mass during the festival.

Young children with their families have fun in the bounce gyms, assisted by some of the 100 volunteers during the festival.


Sacred music for the festival was clear and strong, thanks to the leadership of young voices.

Young and younger people bring up the offertory gifts for Mass.


Seminarians, novices in religious life and other young people considering a religious vocation stand for a blessing — and applause — before afternoon Mass.


Matt Maher and his band play in the twilight on the Daylesford Abbey grounds, Sept. 20 in Paoli.

Matt Maher (at piano, right) and his band wow the crowd of young people at Abbey Faith and Music Fest Saturday, Sept. 20 at Daylesford Abbey, Paoli.

Eucharistic adoration followed by benediction concluded the day for thousands at Abbey Fest.

A perfectly clear, late summer night was the setting for a candlelight period of eucharistic adoration, led in song by Matt Maher and his band.