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

June 6th, 2022 – The Monastery Church, Giftshop and Art Gallery, will be open once again to daytime visitors, each Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is at 9:15 am and the Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

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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December 6th: Reroofing

After more than twenty years of "wear and tear", a number of our roofs are being replaced at this time. The extremes of cold and heat add to the stress on New Mexico roofs, and it's a miracle the roofs have lasted this long In any case, because of the roof work...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year A

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10; Letter of James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 We are now very close to celebrating the Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity, Christmas Day, on December 25th. The Lord is very near and is coming quickly, as the Liturgy of the Church keeps...

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Daily Martyrology for December 6, 2022

In the fourth century, St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Around this very popular saint wonderful legends have accumulated: how he saved three girls from prostitution by throwing dowry money through a window of their house, and how he saved three young clerks from being murdered and ground into sausage. His relics were stolen from Muslim-controlled Myra and taken to Bari. The custom of exchanging gifts on his feast day may have originated among Dutch Protestants, who brought it to New 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 12:00 PM Monday 6th of November, 2022.
Giftshop is closed during ongoing roof repairs.


Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is dry and passable for most vehicles. Please be aware of winter storms and rapidly changing road conditions.

Click here for driving directions