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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Our Oblate Director, Fr. Joseph Gabriel has received the following announcement: The Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho will be offering a symposium for oblates.   “Oblates for the Future – Symposium 2018” will be a five day,...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for December 13, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for December 13, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you! A quiet Advent week in the monastery. What a peaceful time Advent can be. I remember that when I first came to New Mexico in 1974, I was deeply impressed by the image of a...

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Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Cycle B–2017

Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Cycle B--2017 FIRST READING Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the...

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Impressions of Italy: Padre Pio and San Giovanni Rotondo

In Italy he is known as “San Pio Pietrelcina.” In English he is called “Saint Pius,” or more commonly, “Saint Padre Pio,” venerated by the Catholic Church with his feast on September 23rd each year. Born on May 25th, 1887 in the town of Pietrelcina in the southern...

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Daily Martyrology for December 13, 2017

About 304, in Sicily, St. Lucy. Her legend recounts that she was born in Syracuse of well-to-do parents and raised a Christian. She wanted to devote her life to God and give her possessions to the poor. When she resisted a Roman soldier’s sexual assault, he denounced her as a Christian. She was arrested and executed. Her name derives from a word meaning 'light', and she is a patron of those with eye troubles.

About 720, St. Odilia, abbess. According to her legends, she... 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 Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

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