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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Health & Safety

June 6th, 2022 – The Monastery Church, Giftshop and Art Gallery, will be open once again to daytime visitors, each Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

On Sundays, the Conventual Mass is at 9:15 am and the Giftshop will be open from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

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.

Explore the Monastery

We warmly invite you to explore a photo gallery that shows where we live and how we go about our monastic life.

Monastery News & Homilies

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October 4th: Carmelites Celebrate

On September 28th, the cloistered Carmelite nuns of Las Cruces, New Mexico, celebrated fifteen years of existence in the Diocese of Las Cruces, having come from Chihuahua, Mexico, in 2007. The vibrant community now numbers ten  professed nuns, as well as two...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 6:1, 4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 6:11-16; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:19-31 “A wise man is known by the fewness of his words,” as the saying goes. Saint Benedict cites it in his Holy Rule in the chapter...

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Daily Martyrology for October 5, 2022

In 1399, at Nuremberg, Blessed Raymund of Capua. He came from a noble family, studied at Bologna, and joined the Dominicans. He served in Rome, Florence and Siena, where he met St. Catherine (April 19) and became her guide. Raymund supported her efforts to launch a crusade against the Turks and end the Western Schism. He later became Master General of the Dominicans and worked to reinvigorate the order.

In 1347, in the convent of the Hospitallers of St. John at Beaulieu, in... read more

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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 7:00 PM Monday 3rd of October, 2022.

Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery has had active rain overnight use extra caution. Please be aware of construction vehicles repairing sections of the road and rapidly changing road conditions from monsoon storms.

Click here for driving directions