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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Cloister Geraniums

  Like fine wine and some monks, our geraniums get stronger and better with the passing of years. Some of our geraniums are fifteen or more years old. The one pictured here is among the nicest of the potted plants that adorn the lower wall in the cloister outside... read more

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 20, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 20, 2016 Blessings to you! You know that I prefer boring weeks in which nothing much happens. Such a week is always better for monastic life in a community. Such weeks seldom happen, however, and the larger the community is, the... read more

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING        Genesis 18:20-32 In those days, the LORD said: “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to... read more

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, July 24, 2016

Scripture Readings: Genesis 18:20-32; Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians 2:12-14; Gospel According to Saint Luke 11:1-13 This Sunday’s Gospel passage is a collection of the Lord’s sayings on prayer. Jesus gives the teaching in the context of his own prayer. We are... read more

Daily Martyrology for July 24, 2016

In Ireland, probably in the fourth century, St. Declan, who evangelized the area around Ardmore in County Waterford.

In Russia, in 1015, Sts. Boris and Gleb. They were the sons of St. Vladimir (July 15). Their brother Svyatopolk had them killed. The Russian church honored them as martyrs because they refused to resort to violence when they were unjustly attacked.

In 1292, St. Kunegunda, Queen of Poland. She was the daughter of Margaret of Hungary (January 18). When... 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 Saturday, July 23, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is passable for all vehicles.

Please always remember that 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 then wait 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.


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