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.

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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 January 18, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for January 18, 2017 Blessings to you!  It is wet, grim and gray weather here for this past week.  I like it better if it gets really cold and there is sunlight.  We are famous for having sun almost every day and that is one of the elements that...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING            Isaiah 8:23—9:3 First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the end he has glorified the seaward road, the land west of the Jordan, the District of the Gentiles. ...

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IMPRESSIONS FROM THE CITY OF ROME: Part One, First Days I arrived in Rome on Friday the 13th of January, 2017, at 8:30 am. To some, “Friday the 13th” is considered an unlucky day, but for me it was an enjoyable and peaceful one. The eight hour non-stop flight from...

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Daily Martyrology for January 21, 2017

At Rome, around 300, St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. According to the legendary account of her martyrdom, when she was thirteen years old she refused to serve the gods in the temple of Vesta. For that she was placed naked in a brothel. The prefect’s son was struck blind when he tried to have his way with her; his sight was restored at her intercession. She was then beheaded at the stadium of Domitian, now the Piazza Navona. Because her name is similar to the Latin word for... 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 11:15 am on Friday, January 20, 2017

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, currently has five to six inches of snow on it. And, more snow is expected today and tonight. All of that will certainly make the road muddy and slippery. Those traveling in a two-wheel drive vehicle will likely find it quite difficult and it is strongly recommended that they would be better to wait until Sunday when it is predicted to be sunny and the road gets cleared and dried somewhat. As always when we have weather, a four-wheel drive vehicle is best and will get you to the Monastery.


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