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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Health & Safety

June 6th, 2022 – The Monastery Church, Giftshop and Art Gallery, will be open once again to daytime visitors, each Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is at 9:15 am and the Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 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

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June 28th: Father Luis Regalado, OSB

Our dear confrere, Father Luis Regalado, passed away this morning, having celebrated his 79th birthday just a few days ago, on June 20th. He had suffered a massive stroke on June 26th and was taken to the hospital, where he died while we monks were at Mass on June...

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Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: First Book of Kings 19:16-21; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Gospel According to Saint Luke 9:51-62 Whether young or old, poor or rich, people normally wish to be treated with respect and fairness. Jesus encountered a lack of...

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Daily Martyrology for June 28, 2022

In 202, St. Irenaeus of Lyons, bishop. Irenaeus was a Greek, born in Asia Minor, where he knew St. Polycarp. He was well educated in Greek philosophy and literature and studied in Rome under St. Justin Martyr. He was a priest in Lyons during the persecution of Marcus Aurelius, and traveled to Rome to argue against the Montanist heresy, a rigorist sect which claimed special prophetic gifts. He returned to Gaul to become bishop of Lyons. He wrote a large and effective work Against the Heresies... read more

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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 4:00 PM Sunday June 26th, 2022.

Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is currently hazardous from recent rainfall. Four-wheel drive is strongly recommended.

Click here for driving directions