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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Monastic Formation Classes

Novice Master Father Benedict Giving Class to New Brothers Almost every day our brothers in formation, that is, observers, postulants and novices, have “formation classes.” The Classes cover a range of topics including Sacred Scripture, especially the Book...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 26, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 26, 2016 Blessings to you!  I am in Washington State, visiting my two sisters and brother who live here.  I visited here in October of 2010 for the funeral of my mother and I have not visited since then.  The policy in our...

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31st Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

31st Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Wisdom 11:22-12:2 Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.  But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you...

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Daily Martyrology for October 27, 2016

About 380, in Ethiopia, St. Frumentius, bishop. His tutor took him and his brother Aedesius on a trip to Arabia. Most of the party were killed, but the brothers were taken to the royal court at Aksum. Frumentius prospered there and sought to spread the Christian faith. St. Athanasius (May 2) appointed him bishop of Ethiopia. Known as Bishop Salama, he is venerated as the Apostle of Ethiopia.

In 1902, Blessed Contardo Ferrini. He was born in Milan and was a brilliant and pious... 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 5:45 am on Thursday, October 27, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is in good shape and quite passable for all vehicles.

Click here for driving directions