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
August 18, 2021 – Please follow ‘Full Details’ link to read about our gradual re-opening.
The Monastery Church, Giftshop and Art Gallery, will be open once again to daytime visitors, each Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Masks are required in Church and Giftshop of those not vaccinated.
On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is at 9:15 am and the Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Our Guesthouse for overnight retreatants remains closed.
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.
In this undated photo from the mid-1960s, our founding Prior, Father Aelred Wall, OSB, is flanked by two luminaries of the time, the architect George Nakashima and the painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Both lent their time and talents to Father Aelred in creating "something...
Scripture Readings: Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10; First Corinthians 12:12-30; Gospel According to Saint Luke: 1:1-4, 4:14-21 In the course of the Liturgical Year we are given in the liturgy (the Holy Eucharist and the Divine Office) many occasions to discover or be reminded...
In 1107, at Vallombrosa, near Florence, Blessed Benedict of Coltiboni, a hermit attached to the monastery founded there by St. John Gualbert.
In 1468, in Sicily, St. Eustochia Calafato, the abbess of an Observant Franciscan... read more
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Current Road Conditions
Click here for driving directions Updated at 8:30 AM Monday Jan 9, 2022.
The Forest Service Road 151 into the Monastery is muddy with icy sections, four wheel drive is strongly recommended.
The Monastery is commencing gradual re-opening, beginning with reception of day visitors. The Guesthouse remains closed to overnight guests.
As of Monday, May 31st, the Monastery Church, Giftshop, and Art Gallery, are open to daytime visitors, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Masks are required for visitors to the Giftshop and in church.
On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is offered at 9:15 am. Attendees are welcome. The Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Updated at 8:30 AM Monday Jan 9, 2022.