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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Dom James Vo, OSB, Pronounces Simple Monastic Vows

  At Sunday Mass on August 14, 2016, our novice Brother James Vo make his simple, temporary vows, as a Benedictine monk. Family and friends were on hand for the joyous event. Brother James is now among the fifteen other brothers in temporary vows here, often...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 24, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 24, 2016 Blessings to you!  Our life at the Monastery has been filled with rainstorm after rainstorm.  The last few have not destroyed our road any further, but the road needs a lot of major repair from the severe storms over the...

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22nd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016

22nd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.  Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. ...

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Daily Martyrology for August 27, 2016

At Ostia, in 387, St. Monica. She was born of a devout family. She married Patricius, who was not baptized until 370, the year before he died. She loved her son Augustine (August 28), and prayed for him throughout his turbulent youth. She followed Augustine to Milan, where she was guided by St. Ambrose. She lived to see Augustine baptized and shared a mystical experience with him before her death at the age of 55.

In the fifth century, St. Poemen, a desert father who is... 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 7:45 am on Saturday, August 27, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable again, even with a two-wheel drive vehicle.

The Forest Service has asked us to post this NOTICE about the road that since this is the rainy season, a torrential rain may damage the road so that it may be closed temporarily with little notice. Hence, be careful and be aware of the weather, especially if it rains hard. We will do our best to keep you posted.

Click here for driving directions