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 contemplative Benedictine nuns of Queen of Angels Monastery, Kenya, were founded in 2009 from the Abbey of Saint John the Baptist, Monte Mario, outside of Rome. Because we have brothers from Kenya, we are delighted to know of the fairly new foundation of nuns in...

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The Abbot’s Notebook for October 19, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for October 19, 2016 Blessings to you!  Home again and looking out the windows of the monastery here at Christ in the Desert.  We have had some truly wonderful fall days this year, with lots of sunshine, cool morning and warm afternoons.  It...

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30th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016

30th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 The LORD is a God of justice, who knows no favorites.  Though not unduly partial toward the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.  The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the...

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Daily Martyrology for October 21, 2016

In 371, in Cyprus, St. Hilarion. He spent some time with St Antony (January 17) in Egypt, then lived as a hermit in his native Palestine. When too many people came to visit and live with him, he took up a wandering life, and moved successively to Egypt, Dalmatia and Cyprus. St. Jerome (September 30) wrote his life a few years after Hilarion died.

About 635, St. Fintan. He founded a monastery at Taghmon in Wexford. He was a staunch upholder of Celtic church customs.
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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 5:45 am on Thursday, October 20, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is in good shape and quite passable for all vehicles.

We give our great thanks to the U.S. Forest Service for their work on the road. They have repaired the very serious damage done to the road in the torrential rains of August. They have just finished grading the road and putting it back into fine condition. We monks truly appreciate all that was done by the Forest Service and done in a most timely manner.


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