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 March 29, 2017

The Abbot's Notebook for March 29, 2017 Blessings to you! As you can guess, I am still home, in my own room and working in my own office. I don’t have any trips planned for a while! The challenge is simply to recover from the surgery on the appendix, from the blood...

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5th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017

5th Sunday of Lent-Cycle A-2017 FIRST READING Ezekiel 37:12-14 Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have...

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Impressions of Rome: Speaking Italian

In the summer of 1985 I enrolled in a language school in Florence, Italy, for two months of intensive Italian study, five days a week, four hours each day. The Tuscan city of Florence (“Firenze” in Italian), I had been told, was the place to go to learn Italian. I...

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Daily Martyrology for March 30, 2017

In the seventh century, in Egypt, St. John Climacus. He lived for many decades as a hermit, and in his old age he became abbot of the monastic community at Mt. Sinai. He had studied the writings of Evagrios of Pontus and used them in writing his Ladder to Paradise, a very influential book in Eastern monasticism. His treatise, To the Shepherd, emphasizes humility and purity of heart.

In 1472, at Vercelli, Blessed Amadeus of Savoy. As a youth he was devout but troubled by... 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 5:15 am on Thursday, March 30, 2017

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable for all vehicles.

Click here for driving directions