The Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Our Benedictine monastic community near Abiquiu, New Mexico, warmly welcomes you to our Abbey on the banks of the Chama River.

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Be our Guest

We welcome both day visitors and overnight guests for self-directed retreats. We celebrate mass daily, and invite you to pray with us.

Support Us

This monastic community is possible only by the generous support of friends like you. While the Monastery is an officially recognized Roman Catholic organization, it does not receive any direct financial support from the Church.

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We sell statuettes, plaques, boxes, and CDs of our chants. 100% of the proceeds support our monks and upkeep of the abbey.

Abbot’s Notes, Homilies, and News

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Archbishop John Wester Visits

  We were honored to welcome our archbishop here over the past days. Archbishop Wester visited Christ in the Desert many years ago, as a young priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, so this was not his first visit. In the photo, after Mass today, on the... read more

The Abbot’s Notebook for June 29, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for June 29, 2016 Blessings to you!  Last Friday we celebrated the Birthday of Saint John the Baptist.  He is the principal patron of our Monastery of Christ in the Desert because our founders arrived in New Mexico on that date in 1964. ... read more

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING        Isaiah 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD:  Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!  Oh, that you may suck fully of the... read more

Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C, June 26, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:10 – 14; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 6: 14 – 18; Gospel According to Saint Luke 10: 1 – 12, 17 – 20 It has been said, and rightly so I believe, that God needs our full and willing cooperation to carry on the... read more

Daily Martyrology for July 2, 2016

At Winchester, in 862, St. Swithin, bishop and advisor to Aethelwulf, King of Wessex. Swithin was an exemplary bishop who was known for his humility and charity to the poor.

In 1139, St. Otto, bishop of Bamberg. He sought to mediate between the Pope and the German emperors during the investiture conflict. He founded a number of monasteries and organized the evangelization of Pomerania.

On 1616, St. Bernardino Realino. He trained in both medicine and law, but then... read more

Prayer and Chant

Learn more about the Monastic Day or review our Daily Prayer Schedule.

Prayer Requests and Mass Intentions

We are glad to include your requests for prayer in our daily chanting of the psalms. Mass intentions (including the delivery of a Mass card) may be requested for small stipend.

Daily Prayer and Mass Schedule

All are welcome to join us at daily worship. Click here for our daily prayer schedule which begins at 4:00am and ends at 7:30pm.

Current Road Conditions

Updated at 5:30 am on Friday, July 1, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is passable for all vehicles. If it is actually raining while you are on the road with a two wheel drive vehicle, you should probably stop and wait for the rain to stop and for a half hour or so for the road to dry. When it is actually raining the road becomes quite slick but will dry sufficiently in a short time.

Click here for driving directions