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.
Health & Safety
On March 13, 2020, Archbishop John Wester announced the closing of public liturgical services throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the Monastery is closing all retreat reservations, the giftshop, and the public celebration of liturgical Offices and Mass until further notice.
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.
Hospitality Today Is hospitality possible in a time of pandemic? Is it prudent and safe or simply foolish to extend a hand, literally or figuratively, in the present world crisis? I know these are questions on the minds of many people today, including monasteries...
Abbot Christian discuses the individual horses present at the Monastery in October of 2020. The Sixth installment of our video series. It is sent with our love and prayers for all our family, friends and benefactors. Link to our Video on YouTube
This year on November 29th we begin the holy season of Advent and a new Liturgical Year begins. The message proclaimed throughout Advent is this: prepare your hearts, for our God is sending a Savior, Emmanuel, a name which means, God-with-us. The firm conviction that...
In 1742, St. Francis of Lucera. He was a conventual Franciscan who taught in his order’s college at Lucera. read more