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

May 23, 2022 – The Monastery Church, Giftshop and Art Gallery are closed due to covid concerns at the Monastery. The Monastery is planning to reopen on Monday June 6th. 

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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May 23rd: Covid Update

Due to the rise once again of covid cases nationwide and in New Mexico, the Monastery Guesthouse and grounds are now closed until June 6th. In addition, due to drought conditions and potential fire danger, the Santa Fe National Forest, which surrounds the Monastery...

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Solemnity Of The Ascension Of The Lord 2022

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Mark 16:15-20 We celebrate our Lord’s Ascension, taking place forty days after his resurrection. We recount with joy the day Christ completed his...

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Daily Martyrology for May 23, 2022

In 259, at Carthage, Sts. Montanus, Lucius and companions, martyrs. These eight martyrs, about whom contemporary accounts survive, were arrested and imprisoned in the same persecution of Valerian as St. Cyprian (September 16). They gave calm testimony to their faith, supported each other in love, and were executed by the sword.

In 1077, St. Leontius of Rostov, bishop and martyr. A monk of the monastery of the Caves at Kiev, he became bishop of Yaroslavsk. He did successful... 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 4:00 PM Sunday May 22, 2022.

The National Forest is closed until July 18th due to high fire danger.

The Monastery Church, Giftshop and Art Gallery are closed due to covid concerns at the Monastery. The Monastery is planning to reopen on Monday June 6th. 

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