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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Health & Safety

June 6th, 2022 – 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. 

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.

Explore the Monastery

We warmly invite you to explore a photo gallery that shows where we live and how we go about our monastic life.

Monastery News & Homilies

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January 30th: As a Deer

The opening words of Psalm 42 (41 in the Greek Septuagint numbering) are: "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God." This refrain seems to be a favorite of many who regularly pray the Psalms. We monks chant Psalm 42 every Monday morning at...

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Time A 

Readings: Isaiah 8:23-9:3; First Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-33 These first Sunday’s of Ordinary Time we are being called to reflect on the beginnings of Jesus' public ministry. In today's Gospel account, John the Baptizer, who had boldly announced the...

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Daily Martyrology for January 30, 2023

In 680, at the monastery of Chelles, St. Bathild. She was an Anglo-Saxon girl, sold into slavery in France, who eventually married King Clovis II and bore him three sons. When she became regent after the death of King Clovis, she ransomed slaves, founded the monasteries of Corbie and Chelles, and in other ways supported the church. In 665 she retired to Chelles, where she lived as a humble nun.

At Burgos, in 1097, St. Adelelmus. A soldier, he came under the influence of St.... read more

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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 9:00 AM Sunday 29th of January, 2023.
Giftshop is closed during ongoing roof repairs.


Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is under a winter weather advisory. The road has muddy and iced over sections. All-wheel drive strongly recommended.

Click here for driving directions