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.

Visit our Gift Shop

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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  For some years now, in addition to our Giftshop here, we have a wonderful photographic art gallery in our Guest Reception building at the Monastery. The images for sale in the gallery celebrate the wonders of God’s creation all around us. The inspiring...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 7, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for December 7, 2016 Blessings to you!  I am at Christ in the Desert as this arrives to you, but I spent four days with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Desert serving as their chaplain.  I rarely get an opportunity to share in this kind of...

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3rd Sunday of Advent–Cycle A–2016

3rd Sunday of Advent–Cycle A–2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom.  They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.  The glory of Lebanon will be...

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Daily Martyrology for December 7, 2016

At Milan, in 397, St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the church. Ambrose was the son of a high Roman official. When his father died, he was raised in Milan by his mother and his sister St. Marcellina (July 17). When he was about 35 and still a catechumen, he was selected by popular acclaim to be bishop of Milan, which was divided between Catholic and Arian Christians. He was generally a conciliator, though he opposed efforts to turn Catholic churches over to Arians, and on several occasions... 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 5:15 am on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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


Click here for driving directions