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

March 1, 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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May 20th: Spring in Full Swing

Our houseplants, always indoors for the colder months, are outside once again. Nighttime temperatures are at present around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so there is no longer danger that the plants might freeze. On a less happy note, the drought in the great Southwest...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2,22-29; Book of Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; Gospel According to Saint John 14:23-29 This Sunday’s Gospel passage comes from the Farewell Discourse of Jesus at the Last Supper, right before his betrayal, crucifixion and...

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Daily Martyrology for May 20, 2022

In 1444, St. Bernardino of Siena. He became a Franciscan and developed a deep commitment to poverty and to study. He became a traveling preacher. One of his favorite themes was devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He was also a theological writer of note. He taught moderation in the pursuit of wealth and ethical behavior in business.

In 1501, Blessed Columba of Rieti. She became a Dominican tertiary at nineteen. She settled in Perugia, where she served as a peacemaker. Lucretia... 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 11:30 AM Wednesday April 13, 2022.

The Forest Service Road 151 into the Monastery has been graded recently more loose rocks and gravel than normal are present on the surface.


The Monastery Church, Giftshop, and Art Gallery, are open to daytime visitors, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is offered at 9:15 am. Attendees are welcome. The Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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