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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Christ is risen!

The Abbot and monks of Christ in the Desert wish you a blessed continuation of Paschaltide. Christ is risen!...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 26, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for April 26, 2017 Blessings to you!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  Still we celebrate Holy Easter and rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus our Lord!  What a wonderful celebration of life and of joy!  And I am still here at my own desk in my office...

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3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017

3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed:  “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.  Let this be known to you, and listen to my...

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Impressions of Italy: A Visit to Umbria

Until now my online reflections have been focused on the city of Rome. That makes sense since I hadn’t ventured beyond Rome since my arrival in Italy on January 13th this year. An outing to Umbria, land of Saint Francis, took place on the weekend of March 24th, which...

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Daily Martyrology for April 30, 2017

In Rome, in 1572, Pope St. Pius V. He joined the Dominicans at 14, and lectured for them at the University of Pavia. He held various offices in the Inquisition and was made a cardinal in 1557. As bishop of Mondovi, he was a strict reformer who practiced an ascetical way of life. At the papal election of 1566, he was the successful candidate of the reforming party led by St. Charles Borromeo. He began immediately implementing the reforms of the Council of Trent, starting with Rome itself. He... 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 5:00 am on Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

Click here for driving directions