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.

Learn More About Our Monastery

The Monastery Church and Art Gallery,  will be open to daytime visitors, each Monday through Saturday, from 09:00 am to 5:30pm. The Giftshop will be open to daytime visitors from 09:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm. 

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is at 9:15 am and the Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 3:00 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

We invite you to subscribe to our newsletters to receive these directly via email.

May 26th: Peaceable Kingdom

Currently our "guard-donkey," Matty, has thirteen Navajo-Churro sheep to watch over and protect. Natural predators exist in our canyon, and traditionally ranchers have used dogs, llamas and donkeys to guard their sheep. Human shepherds still exist, of course, but they...

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Daily Martyrology for May 29, 2024

About 347, St. Maximinus, bishop of Trier. He was a fearless opponent of Arianism, and gave aid to St. Athanasius (May 2) and St. Paul of Constantinople (June 7) when they were banished by Arian rulers.

In 1914, Blessed Joseph Gerard. He was a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and spent many years as a missionary in northern Basutoland in South Africa. 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 on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 5:25 am

Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is in exceptionally good condition since it was recently graded. There is wash-boarding in some areas.

There is a wildfire burning along the Continental Divide Trail, but that does not affect travel on Forest Service Road 151. However, there is a smoke advisory for Chama Canyon. The Monastery remains open to day visitors and over-night guests. https://nmfireinfo.com/

A reminder that with the warmer weather, there is much more traffic on the road due to recreational users.

Although most vehicles will have no problem with the road with current conditions, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles are best for traversing Forest Road 151.

For those who travel on the road, please be aware that there may be 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.

Click here for driving directions