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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  Dr. Sylvia Castro and Dr. Melida Gonzalez, from the Houston and Austin areas, recently spent three week here are the Monastery teaching ESL to the five student monks in the above picture.  It was a time of intense study by these monks which consisted of classes...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for July 19, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for July 19, 2017 My sisters and brothers in Christ, Blessings to you!  Finally some rain has come to our area.  Not much yet, but the temperatures have cooled down a bit.  Most of my life, I have been able to live in hot or cold temperatures...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A—2017 FIRST READING            Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 There is no god besides you who have the care of all, that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.  For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things...

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Impressions of Rome: Shopping to Live, Not Living to Shop

Impressions of Rome: Shopping to Live, Not Living to Shop I presume I am not alone in not liking to shop, at least not for food and clothing. Fortunately I live in community where items for cooking and cleaning are purchased in bulk by designated shoppers among us....

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Daily Martyrology for July 24, 2017

In Ireland, probably in the fourth century, St. Declan, who evangelized the area around Ardmore in County Waterford.

In Russia, in 1015, Sts. Boris and Gleb. They were the sons of St. Vladimir (July 15). Their brother Svyatopolk had them killed. The Russian church honored them as martyrs because they refused to resort to violence when they were unjustly attacked.

In 1292, St. Kunegunda, Queen of Poland. She was the daughter of Margaret of Hungary (January 18). When... 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 Monday, July 24, 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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