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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The Abbot’s Notebook for March 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 22, 2017 Blessings to you!  Here I am again in my own office, writing to you from my normal computer.  The past couple of weeks have been a challenge but so often life is a challenge and always we must learn to see the challenge and...

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4th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A–2017

4th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A--2017 FIRST READING            Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a The LORD said to Samuel:  “Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.  I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”  As Jesse and his sons...

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Impressions of Rome: Speaking Italian

In the summer of 1985 I enrolled in a language school in Florence, Italy, for two months of intensive Italian study, five days a week, four hours each day. The Tuscan city of Florence (“Firenze” in Italian), I had been told, was the place to go to learn Italian. I...

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Daily Martyrology for March 28, 2017

At Jerusalem, around 450, St. Hesychius, priest. He was a monk and served several bishops as a priest. Some sermons and biblical commentaries attributed to him survive.

At Angers, 1794, Blessed Renée-Marie Feillatreau. During the Terror, she was arrested and brought before the Revolutionary Tribunal, where she declared that she would rather die than renounce her faith. She was guillotined the same day.

In 1924, at Przemysl, in Poland, St. Joseph Sebastian... 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 Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable for all vehicles. There may be some moisture the next day or so, but the road should continue to be navigable.

Click here for driving directions