The 9th Annual AbbeyFest returns to Daylesford Abbey in Paoli on Saturday, September 16. This festival of faith and family includes speakers, hit musical artists, religious vendors, food, games, confession, Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction.

Headlining the list of this year’s performers is Matthew West. Other performers include Riley Clemons, Array Hope of Music, Village Lights featuring Sarah Kroger, Ike Ndolo and Rickey Vazquez as well as Gus DeSimone. Archbishop Nelson Pérez will be back for the day marking his third appearance at AbbeyFest. Mark Griswold, director of family life at St. Norbert Parish in Paoli, will return as emcee. His co-host will be American Christian musician, Hannah Schaefer. “I will be up introducing the artists, welcoming the attendees and making public service announcements,” said Griswold.

The AbbeyFest may never have come in to existence had it not been for Griswold. His initial vision for the festival was seeing people of all ages come together to celebrate God’s goodness in an atmosphere of faith, family, and the best that Christian music can offer. That vision came to reality almost a decade ago and is running strong.

“It is awe-inspiring to see a community of faith come together in the joy of the Lord,” said Griswold. “AbbeyFest is a day where the light of Christmas shines brightly and dispels the darkness. I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness.”

Through the years, festival attendance has increased. It is expected to exceed 5,000 this year with newcomers and returning attendees alike. Among those volunteering for the last six years is Joann DiFederico of St. John Vianney Center in Downingtown.

“It is the most rewarding and fulfilling experience and a true honor to be a part of, each year,” said DiFederico.

The thousands of attendees come from near and far to not only take in the festivities, but also to attend Mass and Adoration right on the festival grounds. People of all faiths are more than welcome to get a taste of the experience.

“It’s beautiful to see people come together from far and wide to share in their love of music and the gospel,” said Schaefer.

It is not just about the music and the religious atmosphere. Food trucks will be set up on the festival grounds for people to refresh themselves. With plenty of space, folks are also encouraged to bring games of their own such as Frisbee, corn hole and anything that contributes to the fun atmosphere.

“AbbeyFest brings in different business vendors, food trucks and puts together a talented lineup of Christian concerts,” said Schaefer.

Archbishop Pérez will serve as principal celebrant of an outdoor Mass at 4:00 p.m. so Catholics may fulfill their Sunday obligation. The day will conclude with a solemn candlelight Eucharistic procession, Adoration and Benediction under the stars.

“The fact that AbbeyFest hosts both Mass and Adoration in its festival day separates it from other Christian festivals around the U.S.,” said Schaefer

Festival gates will open at 12:00 p.m. on September 16. They close at 7:00 p.m.

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