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 RETREAT

THE MONKS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE ON RETREAT FROM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, NOV 12-17, AND WHILE THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR VISITORS, THE GIFT SHOP IS CLOSED AS IS THE GUESTHOUSE.

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 7, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for November 7, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  I am sitting at my own desk in my own office once again.  That will change pretty soon.  Tomorrow I begin to move into a normal monk’s cell so that the rooms of the abbot...

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B - 2018 FIRST READING                 1 Kings 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.  As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, "Please bring me a...

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Impressions of Italy: Medieval Memories

Though I am perfectly happy to have been born in the mid-twentieth century, 1952 to be precise, when many of the conveniences we now take for granted, such as cars, air conditioning, central heating, modern plumbing, reliable medicine, health care, the telephone,...

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Daily Martyrology for November 13, 2018

In 1917, in Chicago, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. She was the tenth of eleven children born to farmers near Pavia. She became a school teacher, ran an orphanage, then founded an order called the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. The bishop of Piacenza, Blessed Giovanni Batista Scalabrini (June 1) encouraged her to send her missionaries to minister to immigrants in America. She went to New York with six sisters. They were poor and at first unwelcome, but she gradually gained support.... 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, November 13, 2018

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

PLEASE NOTE: THE MONKS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE ON RETREAT FROM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, NOV 12-17, AND WHILE THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR VISITORS, THE GIFT SHOP IS CLOSED AS IS THE GUESTHOUSE.

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