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News from Christ in the Desert
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!!

Happy and Holy Easter from the Monks of Christ in Desert!!

Current Road Conditions to the Monastery
Road update 4/20/2014

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is dry. Four-wheel vehicles, while not necessary, are recommended to trasverse the road.

Schedule of Liturgical Services for Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - 13 April 2014

9:15 a.m. - Eucharist with blessing of the palms. This celebration begins in the Reception area and moves in procession to the monastery church.

The Triduum of Easter

Holy Thursday - 17 April 2014

5:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper
Homily by Abbot Philip
Foot-washing ceremony
8:00 p.m. Private Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday - 18 April 2014

2:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
3:30 p.m. Liturgy of Good Friday followed by light meal for all.
Homily by Abbot Philip
Adoration of the Cross
Holy Communion
6:30 p.m. Compline

Holy Saturday - 19 April 2014

4:30 a.m. Vigils
7:00 a.m. Lauds
8:15 a.m. Terce
12:30 a.m. Sext
1:45 p.m. None
5:30 p.m. Vespers
6:50 p.m. Compline

Easter Sunday - 20 April 2014

3:00 a.m. Easter Vigil of the Lord's Resurrection with Eucharist
Breakfast for all
11:00 a.m. Easter Day Mass
5:00 p.m. Solemn Vespers and Benediction

Weekend Benedictine Spirituality Retreat
Posted 3/24/14

This past weekend, March 21 - 24, our Prior
Christian Leisy preached a retreat here on Benedictine
spirituality to seventeen men and women from around
the country.They came to Christ in the Desert to experience
our contemplative Benedictine life in this spectacular setting
and to learn more about the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict and
how it can be applied to daily life for people today.

Some of the weekend retreatants are oblates of our abbey and
some are considering becoming oblates. Others simply enjoy
experiencing the life of our monastery for some days
and listening to the five conferences that Prior Christian
gave over the weekend.

The weekend preached retreat included participation in the
daily Opus Dei (Divine Office) and Holy Mass in our church
with the monks, as well as time for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
and the Sacrament of Penance.

Please see the news item below for details of other forthcoming
preached retreats here, conducted by our Abbot and monks.

Posted 2/8/2014

Please join us for a weekend or more in the coming months, for a preached retreat given by the monks of Christ in the Desert. Each retreat weekend will cover different topics and approaches to Benedictine Spirituality and its application to people in the world today. Feel welcome to attend more than one weekend, as each retreat will be unique in its content and focus.

The following weekends of preached retreats will be:

March 21 - 23, 2014, with Prior Christian Leisy, OSB
December 5 - 7, 2014, with Abbot Philip Lawrence, OSB
January 16 - 18, 2015, with Subprior Benedict McCaffree, OSB
January 30 - February 1, 2015, with Dom Andre Lemieux, OSB
February 27 - March 1, 2015, with Prior Christian Leisy, OSB

The weekend retreat will include Friday arrivals and an opening conference that night. On Saturday there will be three conferences during the day and a final conference on Sunday morning. The retreatants are invited and encouraged to partake in all of the chanted Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) with the monks in church, daily Mass and time of adoration, and the possibility of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) on Saturday afternoon.

Silence and recollection will be the norm during the retreat, with time for personal prayer and solitude in the spectacular setting of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.

Space is limited, so sign up early, using our online reservation procedure on the Guesthouse section of our website:

The retreats are open to men and women, coming as individuals, couples or in small groups.

Those who wish to come earlier than the weekend retreat may do so and/or stay on after the retreat. Just reserve a room or rooms for the dates you wish.

In addition to the customary donation for a stay here (see our website), there will be a $75 fee for each retreatant, or $100 for couples coming.

These are NOT directed retreats, where individual retreatants meet each day with a director. Rather, these are preached to a group, with an emphasis on self-direction and active participation in the contemplative life of the monastery itself. Three meals are provided each day, taken in silence.

That In All Things God May Be Glorified - St Benedict (480-547 AD)

2014 St. Benedict Pilgrimage
Posted 9/25/2013

We are happy to announce that in 2014, October 13th - 21st we will be sponsoring (and some of us monks attending) a Pilgrimage to " Saint Benedict's Italy" including Norcia, Rome, Subiaco and Montecassino. The pilgrimage is to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Christ in the Desert on June 24, 1964.

Please join us!

For more information please call:
Faith Journeys at 1-877-732-4845, Ext.100
Space is limited, early registration is recommended!