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.
Health & Safety
On March 13, 2020, Archbishop John Wester announced the closing of public liturgical services throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the Monastery is closing all retreat reservations, the giftshop, and the public celebration of liturgical Offices and Mass until further notice.
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.
Below, one of our many hens is enjoying the currently spring-like weather in his part of Northern New Mexico. However, the climate can quickly change at this time of year, with no guarantee of "full speed ahead" toward Spring and Summer. Snow may in fact reappear this...
Scripture Readings: Genesis 22:1-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10 I like to call the first Sunday of Lent, “Christ in the Desert Sunday,” for its emphasis on the mystery of our Lord’s temptations in the solitude of the Judean desert, and I like to call the second...
In 1123, St. Peter of Cava, abbot and bishop. He was a native of Salerno and nephew of St. Alferius (April 10), founder and first abbot of Cava. Peter went to Cluny and stayed there... read more
Current Road Conditions
Click here for driving directions Updated at 2 PM Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.
The Monastery is currently closed to guests due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions. Our gift shop and Guesthouse are also closed.
Updated at 2 PM Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.