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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We Are in Ordinary Times Once Again!

Raise up in Thy Church, O Lord, the spirit with which our Holy Father Saint Benedict, Abbot, was animated, that filled with the same spirit, we may strive to love what he loved and to practice what he taught. This we ask through Christ our...

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Mother Rose Teresa

On the Feast of the Epiphany this year, January 6th, a dear friend of our monastery died. She was a Carmelite nun who had been Prioress of her monastery in Santa Fe for almost fifty years. Her religious name was Mother Rose Teresa of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and...

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2nd Sunday of the Year – Cycle C – 2019

2nd Sunday of the Year - Cycle C - 2019 FIRST READING            Isaiah 62:1-5 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.  Nations shall behold...

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Abbot’s Notebook

“Our Monk in Rome” is now “Our Abbot in Abiquiu,” or something like that. There will no longer be new postings on the “Our Monk in Rome” page, but please proceed to the “Abbot’s Notebook” page for my news and views. At least to begin with, there might not be a weekly...

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Daily Martyrology for January 20, 2019

In the third century, at Rome, St. Fabian, pope, martyred under Decius, and Sebastian, a soldier, martyred under Diocletian. A late legend said Sebastian was tortured by being shot full of arrows. He was invoked as a protector against plague.

In 1107, at Vallombrosa, near Florence, Blessed Benedict of Coltiboni, a hermit attached to the monastery founded there by St. John Gualbert.

In 1468, in Sicily, St. Eustochia Calafato, the abbess of an Observant Franciscan... 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 5:00 am on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is muddy and slick in places, which will make travel by a two-wheel drive vehicle more difficult; but it can be done. It is always best in bad weather to have a four-wheel drive vehicle for the journey here.

Click here for driving directions