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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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.

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.

Explore the Monastery

We warmly invite you to explore a photo gallery that shows where we live and how we go about our monastic life.

Monastery News & Homilies

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January 20th: Founder’s Friends

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...

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Third Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C

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...

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Daily Martyrology for January 20, 2022

In the third century, at Rome, St. Fabian, pope, martyred under Decius, and Sebastian, a soldier, martyred under Diocletian. A late legend said Sebastian was tortured by being shot full of arrows. He was invoked as a protector against plague.

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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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 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.

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