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 September 28, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for September 28, 2016 Blessings to you!  Home sweet home!  Here I am at my own desk in my own office at Christ in the Desert.  I suppose a monk should never think of the desk as his own nor the office—because one day they won’t be his but...

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27th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

27th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 How long, O LORD?  I cry for help but you do not listen!  I cry out to you, “Violence!”  but you do not intervene.  Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? ...

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Daily Martyrology for September 30, 2016

In 420, at Bethlehem, St. Jerome, doctor of the church. He was born to a wealthy family and received an excellent education; Aelius Donatus, the grammarian, was one of his teachers. He spent years traveling, and in 370 became a monk at Aquileia. He was quarrelsome, and left in 374 for Antioch, where he spent four years as a hermit. He learned Hebrew from a converted Jew who had become a monk. He then studied the Bible under St. Gregory Nazianzen (January 2) in Constantinople. In 382 he... 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 Friday, September 30, 2016

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

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