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.

Visit our Gift Shop

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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Pilgrimage Opportunity

A Simpler Pilgrimage with Prior Christian Leisy, O.S.B. Dates: September 26 – 30, 2016 Many pilgrimages are long and exotic, to distant lands and wonderful destinations. That is terrific, but I am proposing a less exotic but equally wonderful pilgrimage, closer to... read more

The Abbot’s Notebook for May 18, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for May 18, 2016 Blessings to you!  Plants are beginning to grow once more and trees are putting out their leaves.  The lawn in the cloister looks green once more.  Even though we have just finished Easter Season, the joy of new life remains... read more

Trinity Sunday—Cycle C—2016

Trinity Sunday—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Proverbs 8:22-31 Thus says the wisdom of God:  “The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth.... read more

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 22, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of Proverbs 8:22-31; Letter to the Romans 5:1-5; Gospel According to Saint John 16:12-15 Each year on the Sunday following Pentecost, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, our belief that God is One and yet Three Persons:... read more

Daily Martyrology for May 25, 2016

In 735, at the abbey of Jarrow in Northumbria, St. Bede the Venerable, monk and doctor of the church. Raised in the monastery, he was educated by abbots Benedict Biscop and Ceolfrith. He lived a quiet, prayerful life of study, in which he was a dedicated teacher not only of his fellow monks but of the Anglo-Saxon people. His biblical commentaries and his Ecclesiastical History of the English People are highly esteemed to this day. He spent his last days translating the Gospel of John into... 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 5:00 am on Tuesday, May 24,2016

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

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