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.
We still have 3 rugs left to present for purchase from the Monastery Workshop. Each rug is made with prayer and care by one of our monks. The wool, both warp and weft, is 100% Navajo-Churro and hand-dyed. The rugs for sale are one-of-a-kind and nearly identical in...
What does an abbot read, or at least this one? The Bible? Yes, every day. Novels? Not really. Books about theology and spirituality, Church and monastic history? On a regular basis. Murder mysteries and science fiction? Never. Lives of the Saints? Now and then. I...
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 - 15:47 Each year on the Sunday before Easter, Christians around the world celebrate and commemorate what is traditionally called Palm or Passion Sunday, when we recount the events leading up to the...
About 930, Blessed Hugh of Anzy, who was an associate of Blessed Berno (May 11) in the reform of the Abbey of Baume and the founding of Cluny. He was appointed prior of Anzy-le-Duc where he preached against paganism and built a hospital.
In 1317, St. Agnes of Montepulciano. She joined the Sisters of... read more
Current Road Conditions
Click here for driving directions Updated at 9 AM Tuesday, April 20th, 2021.
The Monastery is currently closed to guests due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions. Our gift shop and Guesthouse are also closed.
Updated at 9 AM Tuesday, April 20th, 2021.