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.

Learn More About Our Monastery

The Monastery Church and Art Gallery,  will be open to daytime visitors, each Monday through Saturday, from 09:00 am to 5:30pm. The Giftshop will be open to daytime visitors from 09:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm. 

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is at 9:15 am and the Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 3:00 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

We invite you to subscribe to our newsletters to receive these directly via email.

Summer Newsletter Monastery of Christ in the Desert 2024

FAITH OVER DOUBT What is doubt? Another word for the concept is uncertainty or unresolved questions. Who of us doesn’t doubt sometimes or often? Questions such as: will my health hold out and will I be able to keep this job if it doesn’t?; how will my children end...

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Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture Texts: Job 38: 1, 8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Gospel According to Saint Mark 4:35-41 We might all agree that in daily life there are circumstances, events and realities that make us feel happy or joyful: getting a vacation, for example, or seeing old...

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Daily Martyrology for June 18, 2024

About 431, St. Amandus of Bordeaux, bishop. St. Paulinus of Nola (June 22) was instructed in Christianity by Amandus. Paulinus tells us that Amandus was raised a Christian, was well instructed in the Scriptures, and lived an exemplary life.

In 1165, St. Elizabeth of Schönau. She went to the Benedictine monastery of Schönau when she was twelve. Eleven years later, coping with a bout of depression, she had the first of many visionary experiences. Like Hildegard of Bingen... 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 on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 11:00 am

Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is dry and in good condition.

A reminder that with the warmer weather, there is much more traffic on the road. It was recently graded although there is wash-boarding in some areas. Drive slowly and use caution rounding the curves. Please watch for hikers and other foot traffic on the road.

Although most vehicles will have no problem with the road with current conditions, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles are best for traversing Forest Road 151.

For those who travel on the road, please be aware that there may be traffic traveling in both directions on the road, so round curves with caution. Drive slowly and be courteous allowing faster traffic ahead of you. Simply pull to the side of the road and let them pass.

Safe and peaceful travels.

Click here for driving directions