I mentioned that I had been out of town for a couple of days. On Sunday my wife and I went to St. Joseph's Abbey (Benedictine) and Seminary in Covington, Louisiana, for a performance by the NOVA (New Orleans Vocal Arts) Chorale, in which my daughter Clare sings. Covington is across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans. It was held in the abbey church, which I thought quite beautiful, though I am no architecture critic. The interior strikes me as rich without being ornate, simple without being austere. More important for the concert, the building has stunning acoustics, and the choir is extremely good, and the program was very well chosen and sequenced, including a good balance of old and modern music; all in all, it was one of the more memorable concerts I've ever attended.
Of course I forgot to bring my camera, but I did take a few pictures with my phone, and more with my wife's camera. The latter should be better, but I haven't had a chance to get them off the camera yet. If they're good I'll post some. Meanwhile, these from the phone will give you the general idea:
Walker Percy is buried in the abbey cemetery. I had hoped to visit his grave, but the cemetery is fairly big and I had no idea where the grave was, and there was no one around to ask, so I decided not to search. Maybe another time. The Abbey has a nice web site, though in a few minutes of looking around there I didn't see any pictures of the church.
My wife and I talked about buying ourselves a couple of the products of the Abbey woodworking shop. We don't anticipate needing them anytime very soon, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.