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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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 27, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for April 27, 2016 Blessings to you!  There have been some challenges in the last week here at Christ in the Desert.  Brother Leander had to be taken to the emergency room because of complications with his catheter.  He is due to see his... read more

Ascension Thursday-Cycle C-2016

Ascension Thursday-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had... read more


Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Luke 24:46-53 We celebrate our Lord’s Ascension, taking place forty days after his resurrection. We recount with joy the day Christ completed his... read more

Daily Martyrology for May 3, 2016

Sts. Philip and James, apostles. Their feasts are celebrated together, because the basilica later known as that of the Twelve Apostles was dedicated to the two of them. Philip is mentioned a number of times in the gospels. James the Less was bishop of Jerusalem and was martyred in 61 AD. His emblem is a fuller's club, the instrument of his martyrdom.

In 1010, at the monastery of Heiligenberg, St. Ansfrid. Appointed bishop of Utrecht by Henry II, he was a conscientious pastor.... 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 5:10 am, Monday May 2, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is passable for all vehicles. There might some slight rain today tomorrow but not enough to matter.

Click here for driving directions