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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  For some years now, in addition to our Giftshop here, we have a wonderful photographic art gallery in our Guest Reception building at the Monastery. The images for sale in the gallery celebrate the wonders of God’s creation all around us. The inspiring...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 30, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 30, 2016 Blessings to you!  It snowed here at Christ in the Desert this year on the First Sunday of Advent!  God has His own designs, for sure, but sometimes the beginning of a new season is wonderfully accompanied by changes in...

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2nd Sunday of Advent – Cycle A – 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent – Cycle A – 2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 11:1-10 On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.  The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:  a spirit of wisdom and of...

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Daily Martyrology for December 3, 2016

The commemoration of Zephaniah the prophet.

In 1552, in China, St. Francis Xavier. Francis was born in a castle near Pamplona. At seventeen he went to the University of Paris, where he became one of the first followers of his fellow Basque aristocrat, Ignatius of Loyola (July 31). In 1541, at the age of 35, he was appointed apostolic nuncio in the East and set sail for Goa, reaching that city after a thirteen-month voyage. Living as a poor man among he poor, he had considerable... 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 5:15 am on Saturday, December 3, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable for all vehicles.


Click here for driving directions