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.
Health & Safety
Tuesday September 26th 2023: Proscribed burns are being conducted in the Santa Fe National Forest near the Monastery. More details can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD1140171
The Monastery Church, Giftshop and Art Gallery, will be open once again to daytime visitors, each Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is at 9:15 am and the Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
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.
On this day fifty-five years ago, our Monastery church, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, was formally blessed as the place of worship for the monks of Christ in the Desert and its guests. We keep the day as a Sunday, with more solemn celebration of the Conventual...
Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 18:25-28; Letter to the Philippians 2:1-11; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 21:28-32 Here at the Monastery Autumn is definitely “in the air.” Such is the case as well in many other parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The...
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Current Road Conditions
Click here for driving directions Updated on Tuesday, September 29th, 6:30 pm
Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is dry and passable for most vehicles. Four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for easier traversing of the road.
Please be aware that there is traffic traveling in both directions on the road, so round curves with caution. Be courteous and allow faster traffic ahead of you. Simply pull to the side of the road and let them pass.
Safe and peaceful travels.
Updated on Tuesday, September 29th, 6:30 pm