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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Father David Anderson Lectures…..

                           As part of our ongoing spiritual and monastic formation, our monastery has profited by the presence of Father David Anderson, an Eastern Catholic priest and Patristic scholar from Ukiah, California. Father David serves as pastor at...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for January 17, 2018

The Abbot's Notebook for January 17, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been one of those wonderful and quiet weeks in the monastery.  Father David Anderson is here, giving us classes on Scripture and Brother Ruzai returned to India for...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B—2018 FIRST READING Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the...

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Impressions of Rome: Missionaries of Charity Contemplatives

I first heard about Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity sisters in the early 1970’s, when I saw the film, “Something Beautiful for God,” a work of Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), the British journalist. The film was a documentary about Mother Teresa...

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Daily Martyrology for January 23, 2018

At Toledo, in Spain, in 677, St. Ildephonse, bishop. He was a monk and abbot before being elected archbishop of Toledo, the primatial see of Spain. He promoted devotion to Mary.

In Berlin, in 1945, Blessed Nicholas Gross, martyr. He was born near Essen and worked in coal mines and steel mills. He became active in Catholic social action movements, married and was the devoted father of seven children. He became editor of a Catholic workers’ paper and was an early opponent... 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 Tuesday, January 22, 2018

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable for all vehicles. There is an inch or so of snow on the ground, but the road itself is now clear and passable.

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