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.
Health & Safety
On March 13, 2020, Archbishop John Wester announced the closing of public liturgical services throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the Monastery is closing all retreat reservations, the giftshop, and the public celebration of liturgical Offices and Mass until further notice.
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.
"Let us stand and sing in such a way that our mind is in harmony with our voice." Rule of Saint Benedict, +547, chapter 19, "On the Proper Manner of Singing the Psalms."
Abbot Christian discuses the history of the equestrian program at the Monastery. The fifth installment of our video series. It is sent with our love and prayers for all our family, friends and benefactors. Link to our Video on YouTube
Scripture Readings: Prophet Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; First Thessalonians 1:1-5a; Gospel According to Matthew 22:15-22 In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus is recognized as a teacher and is asked to give an official opinion on a controversial matter regarding the “poll-tax” as it...
In Oxford, in 779, St. Frideswide. She was abbess of a double monastery, which was located on the present day site of Christ Church. The town grew up around her monastery.
In Spain, in 1562, St. Peter of Alcántara, He... read more