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.
Another set of twins was born in our sheepfold on May 14th. The ewe is named Velma and the lambs are Lotti and Lotto. They seem healthy and the mother attentive to the new born. With these two lambs, we now have had twelve births this Spring. They join the thirteen...
An Easter Season Video Offering from Abbot Christian.
Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Mark 16:15-20 We celebrate our Lord’s Ascension, taking place forty days after his resurrection. We recount with joy the day Christ completed his...
About the ninth century, St. Rupert of Bingen, the patron saint of St.... read more
Current Road Conditions
Click here for driving directions Updated at 7 PM Monday, May 10, 2021.
The Monastery is currently closed to guests due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions. Our gift shop and Guesthouse are also closed.
Updated at 7 PM Monday, May 10, 2021.