Camp Abbey was originally opened in 1960 as a Catholic summer camp for children sponsored by the Benedictine community of St. Joseph Abbey in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus. The facility was also used during the academic year for parish and high school youth retreats. After operating from 1960-2006, the camp was closed. In 2010, the Archdiocese of New Orleans leased the property from St. Joseph Abbey and undertook at $4.1 million renovation of the entire facility, making it again worthy for use as a place where young people can develop their relationship with Jesus Christ, each other, and the Church, through retreats and a summer camp program. Construction began in December 2010 and was largely complete in September 2011. Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, blessed and dedicated the facility on November 30, 2011. Camp Abbey Retreat Center is available for rental from August through May by groups wishing to use it for retreats, workshops, and other events. The archdiocese sponsors “Summer at Camp Abbey” for boys in June and girls in July, a summer camp program combining the best traditions of the old “Camp Abbey” with new activities and enhanced Catholic spirituality.