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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Winter Chant Conference, Houston, Texas, January 4 – 8

Five of our young professed monks (can you find them in the photo?), already students of Gregorian chant for some years, recently participated in the first “Winter Sacred Music Workshop for Chant and Polyphony,” sponsored by the renowned Church Music... read more

Abbot’s Notebook for February 3, 2016

Blessings to you!  In just nine more days I will be returning to the United States from Vietnam, presuming that all goes as planned. The Year of Mercy calls us to reflect on how we give example to others and how we are called to remain faithful.  All of us are... read more

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

FIRST READING                 Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.  Seraphim were stationed above.  They cried one to the other, “Holy, holy, holy is the... read more

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, February 7, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 6:1-10; First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 5:1-11 This Sunday’s Gospel passage can be called a literary and religious masterpiece. By careful use of description, dialogue, suspense and... read more

Daily Martyrology for February 7, 2016

At Lucca, in 720, St. Richard. Richard was from Wessex, and was the father of Saints Willibald, Winnibald, and Walburga, Benedictine Anglo-Saxon missionaries in Germany and superiors of the monastery at Heidenheim.

In 1856, at Paris, blessed Rosalie Rendu. Her parents sheltered underground priests during the French Revolution, one of whom gave her first communion. She entered the Daughters of Charity and was sent to Paris, where she was a very influential force in caring for the... 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

Last update 7:30 am, Sunday Feb. 7, 2016

The first mile of the road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is somewhat icy and the last mile is as well and also muddy. While a two-wheel drive vehicle can be used with care, it is recommended to travel the road by a 4-wheel drive vehicle and it is always best when frozen.

Click here for driving directions