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.

Visit our Gift Shop

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 September 21, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 21, 2016 Blessings to you!  I am still in Italy but now outside of Rome.  The Congress of Abbots ended on Friday, September 16th, and that afternoon a bus came to take those of us going to the General Chapter of the Subiaco...

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26th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

26th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Thus says the Lord the God of hosts:  Woe to the complacent in Zion!  Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves from...

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Daily Martyrology for September 25, 2016

In 1487, at Sachseln in Switzerland, St. Nicholas von Flue, hermit. His father was a prosperous farmer; his mother, a very pious woman, perhaps of Italian parentage, who came from Wolfenschiessen. She initiated her sons into the spirituality of the Friends of God, which derived from the Rhineland mystics. Nicholas married and had ten children. He was a farmer and a military man; after his military service, he became an important official in the canton of Unterwalden. In 1467, with the... 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 5:45 am on Saturday, September 24, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is passable for all vehicles. There are a couple of muddy spots but it is still all right.

The Forest Service is working on the road a couple of miles from the Monastery so please be cautious.

As always, be careful and be aware of the weather, especially if it rains hard for that makes the road difficult. We will do our best to keep you posted.


Click here for driving directions