It has a long history of forming men to the priesthood for the Gulf South region. Those who attend St. Ben's experience the unique gift of the Benedictine Order, a refined liturgy. The Liturgy of the Hours sung in community as well as the special liturgies throughout the year are a source of spiritual inspiration to the seminarians and the locals.
There is also the tradition of a flag football game, called Bonfire, between St. Ben's and the graduate seminary of New Orleans, Notre Dame. This tradition has gone on for well over 70 years. The annual game takes place in a field on the vast property of the Abbey the Friday before Thanksgiving. The students at St. Ben's spend weeks building a massive bonfire out of the downed trees on the surrounding forests owned by the Abbey. After the game, the two seminaries join together to share in fellowship and traditional Louisiana foods around the bonfire.