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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The Right Reverend Philip J. Lawrence, OSB, the Abbot of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, recently announced in the summer newsletter that given the required retirement of an abbot at age seventy-five coming in 2019, he has decided that he will retire on...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 8, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 8, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  There are times when things hit me so strongly and I know that I should not write about them until I calm down.  There is such a situation in my heart right now.  So please...

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B – 2018

NOTE:  I will retire as abbot on December 12, 2018.  I have been writing these homilies since the First Sunday of Advent in 1997.  I will no longer write these homilies.  My last homily will be published for the Solemnity of Christ in the King, November 25, 2018. ...

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Impressions of Italy: Santa Rita

It almost goes without saying that there are many popular saints in Italy. Not all the saints near and dear to Italians were born in Italy, but lived here at some point in time and eventually won the hearts of Italians and remain very popular to this day. To name a...

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Daily Martyrology for August 14, 2018

In 958, at Einsiedeln, Blessed Eberhard. He resigned his position as provost of Strasbourg cathedral to join his friend Benno, the former bishop of Metz, at his hermitage at Einsiedeln. After Benno’s death, Eberhard became the first abbot of the community, and during a famine used its resources to feed the hungry.

In 1196, in Latvia, St. Meinhard. He was an Augustinian Canon in Segeberg Abbey in Holstein, and then traveled to convert the pagan tribes in what is now Latvia.... 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 5:00 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable for all vehicles, especially in the mornings. There may be an occasional thunderstorm in the area, afternoon and evenings, these next few days. If you are in a two-wheel drive vehicle and get caught on the road in a downpour, you should stop because it will become very slippery. Just wait for the rain to stop and in a very few minutes, then the road will drain enough for your to continue on your way.

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