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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Dom James Vo, OSB, Pronounces Simple Monastic Vows

  At Sunday Mass on August 14, 2016, our novice Brother James Vo makes his simple, temporary vows, as a Benedictine monk. Family and friends were on hand for the joyous event. Brother James is now among the fifteen other brothers in temporary vows here, often...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 31, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for August 31, 2016 Blessings to you!  I am still home, writing from my own desk.  Always it is good to be able to say that!  Next week I will be in Rome so I won’t be able to say it.  For now, I am still here! Brother Cyril passed his...

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23rd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016

23rd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Wisdom 9:13-18b Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends?  For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.  For the corruptible body burdens the...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 9:13-18; Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon 9-17; Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:25-33 The first words we hear from Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel passage might almost startle us. They were spoken by the Lord to convey without the...

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Daily Martyrology for August 31, 2016

In the first century, St. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. Joseph was a disciple of Jesus. After the crucifixion he obtained Jesus' body and arranged for his burial. Many legends grew up about him. In versions of the Grail Legend, which arose in the 12th century, Joseph was connected with the cup which was said to have caught Christ's blood on Calvary, and in one version, the cup was brought to Glastonbury Abbey in England.

In 358, St. Paulinus, bishop of Trier, who was a... 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 5:45 am on Wednesday, August 33, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable again, even with a two-wheel drive vehicle.

The Forest Service is working on the road to repair the damage from a great amount of rain several days ago. Travelers may experience an occasional delay because of this re-construction work.

The Forest Service has also asked us to post this NOTICE about the road that since this is the rainy season, a torrential rain may damage the road again so that it may be closed temporarily with little notice. Hence, be careful and be aware of the weather, especially if it rains hard. We will do our best to keep you posted.


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