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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The Abbot’s Notebook for August 16, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for August 16, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  It continues to be fairly warm here at Christ in the Desert.  August is always the month in which we have a lot of flies.  Sometime we purchase fly paper to put in the...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING  Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Thus says the Lord:  Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed.  The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to...

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Impressions of Rome: Dogs

Fair warning: dog lovers may not wish to read this essay. It is not all complimentary of “canis in speciebus,” the proper Latin name for “man’s best friend.” Some of what follows may offend those who believe that a dog can do no wrong or harm. Maybe not all dog owners...

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Daily Martyrology for August 22, 2017

The commemoration of the Queenship of Mary.

In 1285, at Todi, St. Philip Benizi. He came from a prominent family. After studying medicine and philosophy at Paris and Padua, he joined the newly founded Servites in Florence. He wanted to remain a brother and serve the rest of the community, but was ordained and given various positions in the order. He was elected general of the order in 1267. He was known as an effective leader and peacemaker. 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 Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable for all vehicles. The National Weather Service says there is a chance of T-Storms over these next few days. The thing about that is this: if you are on the road and it starts to rain heavily, stop until it quits in a few minutes (especially if you are in a two-wheel drive vehicle) and very shortly after that, it will be safe and easy to continue driving because the road is very dry and will quickly drain.


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