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SON OF SAINT BEN 2019

Luke Barwick - Class of 2000

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Luke Barwick is a 2000 graduate of Saint Joseph Seminary College. He has taught religion for the past 19 years at Saint Paul's School in Covington, where he has also served as the Religion Department Chair since May 2018.

Luke's father retired as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. His mother was a stay at home mom, registered nurse, artist, and successful children's book author. Before attending Saint Ben's, Luke graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 1997, where he also served as a member of the 1994 NAIA National Championship golf team. He also earned his MBA from the University of New Orleans in 2009.

Luke has been the freshmen basketball coach at St. Paul's for the last 15 years. He has also been the head golf coach for the past 11 years, which won the 2013 LHSAA State Championship.

"It means the world to me that I am not only a graduate of Saint Ben's but a friend. I love the Abbey and the Seminary, and I thank God that He gave me the opportunity to come there. I can't imagine my life without Saint Ben's, and I will always be grateful to all of the monks and seminarians that made a difference in my life and continue to be such a blessing to me. Deo Gratias!," Luke said.

Luke and his wife Nicole, who were married in Saint Joseph Abbey Church, reside in Covington.


Previous Sons of Saint Ben
  • 2011 - Fr. Mark Derise
  • 2012 - Fr. Matthew Dupre
  • 2013 - Dr. Daniel Burns
  • 2014 - Fr. Joshua Rodrigue
  • 2015 - Cory Hayes
  • 2016 - Fr. Andrew Merrick
  • 2017 - Roy Petitfils, LPC
  • 2018 - Ryan Verret