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

August 18, 2021 – Please follow ‘Full Details’ link to read about our gradual re-opening.

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. 

Masks are required in Church and Giftshop of those not vaccinated.

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

Our Guesthouse for overnight retreatants remains closed.

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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October 18th: Year of Saint Joseph

The Universal Church continues to celebrate the Year of Saint Joseph, Foster-father of Jesus. Saint Joseph is often called "the Silent," because no words of his are recorded in Scripture. On the other hand, we know that Joseph must have spoken, even often, as spouse...

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 35-45 The first reading for Mass today, from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, was written some six centuries before the birth of Christ. The prophesy announces the victory of the Suffering Servant, who is put to death...

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Daily Martyrology for October 18, 2021

In the first century, St. Luke the evangelist. Luke wrote his carefully planned Gospel for a Gentile audience. The parables of the Prodigal Son and the Crafty Steward, which occur only in his gospel, are examples of his storytelling skill. He highlights the place of Jerusalem in the plan of salvation, Jesus' mercy to sinners and his concern for outcasts. He is a patron saint of the medical profession and of painters.

In 1918, in Uganda, the martyrdom of Blessed Daudi Okelo and... 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 3:45 AM Monday, October 18, 2021.

The Forest Service Road 151 into the Monastery is under repair in places throughout. Areas of concern are (1) long straight-aways, (2) around cattle guards, & (3) through marked "Flash Flood Area". Erosion and wet driving have produced potholes and raised protruding rocks which may damage tires at higher speeds.
OF PARTICULAR CONCERN for inbound traffic is a very deep pothole at the second cattle guard. Incoming cars may avoid this pothole by bearing much to the right. We recommend additional caution, even for familiar drivers, until the road is resurfaced.

The Monastery is commencing gradual re-opening, beginning with reception of day visitors. The Guesthouse remains closed to overnight guests.

As of Monday, May 31st, the Monastery Church, Giftshop, and Art Gallery, are open to daytime visitors, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Masks are required for visitors to the Giftshop and in church.

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.

Click here for driving directions