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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Monte Cassino and Subiaco, November 10 – 12.

Fr Christian and Br Philip at Monte Cassino, Italy, with oblates of Christ in Desert who attended the World Congress of Benedictine Oblates, November 4 - 10, outside of Rome. Our monks assisted with the pilgrimage for oblates to sites in Rome, Monte Cassino and...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for November 22, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for November 22, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  We are coming to the end of the year already.  This year has passed all too quickly.  Because we have an end of the Church Year on December 2nd and then the end of the...

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Christ the King-Cycle A—2017

Christ the King-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING  Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Thus says the Lord God:  I myself will look after and tend my sheep.  As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep.  I will rescue them from...

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Impressions of Rome: All Souls Day

All Souls Day is on November 2nd, a day when Catholics and many other Christians traditionally commemorate the Faithful Departed, remembering in prayer all those who have died. This year on All Souls Day I visited the monumental Roman cemetery of Verano, next to the...

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Daily Martyrology for November 24, 2017

At Aquileia, probably in 304, St. Chrysogonus, martyr. He is mentioned in the First Eucharistic Prayer.

In 606, St. Colman, bishop of Cloyne. He was a bard at Cashel, and was baptized by St. Brendan (May 16) at the age of fifty.

In 1891, Blessed Maria Anna Sala. She was born into a large, happy, devout family in Italy. She joined the Sisters of St. Marcellina, who had educated her, and spent the next forty years teaching in the schools of her order. She was an... 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 Friday, November 24, 2017

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

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