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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The Abbot’s Notebook for February 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for February 22, 2017 Blessings to you!  Today I am writing to you from South Africa.  I am in the northern part of this country, in the Province of Limpopo, at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Polokwane.  I have not been here in many years but know most...

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8th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A — 2017 FIRST READING                     Isaiah 49:14-15 Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.”  Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I...

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Daily Martyrology for February 22, 2017

In Rome, the feast of St. Peter’s Chair, which commemorates St. Peter’s years as bishop of Rome. Romans visited the graves of their dead on this day, and the origins of the feast are connected with veneration of a memorial monument to Peter.

In the second century, St. Papias, bishop of Hierapolis. Fragments of his book, The Sayings of the Lord Explained are preserved in the writings of St. Irenaeus. It is said that he listened to the teaching of Christians who... 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, February 22, 2017

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

Click here for driving directions