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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Abbot’s Notebook for May 4, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for May 4, 2016 Blessings to you!  What a good week this has been!  One brother went through a crisis but manage to persevere in his vocation.  Another monk, who had left to reconsider his vocation, has decided to return.  When I see my... read more

7th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016

7th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING        Acts of the Apostles 7:55-60 Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens... read more


Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Luke 24:46-53 We celebrate our Lord’s Ascension, taking place forty days after his resurrection. We recount with joy the day Christ completed his... read more

Daily Martyrology for May 4, 2016

At Engelberg, in Switzerland, in 1126, Blesseds Conrad, Adelhelm, Frowin and Berchtold. Conrad of Seldenbüren founded the abbey of Engelberg about 1120 and [then] entered the community. When he went to Zurich to settle a claim on some property he had given to the abbey, he was murdered. His body was incorrupt until it burned in a fire in 1729. Engelberg was first settled by monks from Muri, led by Blessed Adelhelm. After the community suffered under the rule of three unworthy abbots,... 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

Update for the week of May 2-9, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is passable for all vehicles. There might some slight rain occasionally this week but not enough to matter.

Click here for driving directions