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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Adventures of Thumper and Benny

On April 16, 2018, Abbot Philip left for Mexico early in the morning.  One of the brothers took Rosco, Thumper and Benny for a walk, but did not use a leash.  As soon as Thumper and Benny got outside the cloister they disappeared. Brothers looked for Thumper and Benny...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for June 13, 2018

The Abbot’s Notebook for June 13, 2018 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It has been a quiet week in the community.  In the past couple of weeks we have received a 21 year old postulant from Malawi, bring the number of Malawians in the community to...

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11th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle B-2018

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle B-2018 FIRST READING            Ezekiel 17:22-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:  I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar, from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot, and plant it on a high and lofty mountain; on the mountain...

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Impressions of Italy: Rivotorto

Officially known as the “Santuario Francescano di Rivotorto,” the Franciscan Shrine of Rivotorto is very close to the city of Assisi and like Assisi, is another important place in Franciscan history. The Rivotorto shrine lies in the plane beneath Monte Subasio on...

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Daily Martyrology for June 18, 2018

About 431, St. Amandus of Bordeaux, bishop. St. Paulinus of Nola (June 22) was instructed in Christianity by Amandus. Paulinus tells us that Amandus was raised a Christian, was well instructed in the Scriptures, and lived an exemplary life.

In 1165, St. Elizabeth of Schönau. She went to the Benedictine monastery of Schönau when she was twelve. Eleven years later, coping with a bout of depression, she had the first of many visionary experiences. Like Hildegard of Bingen... 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 Monday, June 18, 2018

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

Click here for driving directions