Father David Anderson’s Lectures on the Early Fathers of the Church

                           As part of our ongoing spiritual and monastic formation, our monastery has profited by the presence of Father David Anderson, an Eastern Catholic priest and Patristic scholar from Ukiah, California. Father David serves as pastor at...

OBLATE NEWS

Our Oblate Director, Fr. Joseph Gabriel has received the following announcement: The Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho will be offering a symposium for oblates.   “Oblates for the Future – Symposium 2018” will be a five day,...

Monte Cassino and Subiaco, November 10 – 12.

Fr Christian and Br Philip at Monte Cassino, Italy, with oblates of Christ in Desert who attended the World Congress of Benedictine Oblates, November 4 – 10, outside of Rome. Our monks assisted with the pilgrimage for oblates to sites in Rome, Monte Cassino and...

SECOND ESL GRADUATION

The Monastery just celebrated the graduation of its second class of five “student” monks from a three week long immersion into learning English. The class was directed by Dr. Bill Nagel, a graduate from the University of Arkansas and a certified ESL teacher. He...

WEBSITE UPDATED WITH NEW SAYINGS AND STORIES OF THE DESERT FATHERS

  We are pleased to announce that the Monastery’s website (www.christdesert.org) has been updated in its “Prayer + Chant” section!  A variety of sayings and stories from the early monastic “Desert Fathers” of the Church were added as spiritual teachings for the...

A MOST SUCCESSFUL ADVANCED ESL CLASS

  Dr. Sylvia Castro and Dr. Melida Gonzalez, from the Houston and Austin areas, recently spent three week here are the Monastery teaching ESL to the five student monks in the above picture.  It was a time of intense study by these monks which consisted of classes...

GUESTHOUSE NEWLY REFURBISHED

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is pleased to announce a major refurbishing of the guest quarters at the Monastery’s Guesthouse and Ranch House.  Prior Benedict MacCaffree, OSB, said that “We try to take quite seriously the Rule of St. Benedict which commits us...

Christ is risen!

The Abbot and monks of Christ in the Desert wish you a blessed continuation of Paschaltide. Christ is risen!...

Paschal greetings!

Paschal greetings from Father Christian and the monks at Sant’Ambrogio, Rome. Abbot President Guillermo is in Colombia for Easter this year but hopes for Rome in...

Schedule for Holy Week 2017

HOLY THURSDAY—2017 4:00 am           Vigils 6:00 am           Lauds 8:00 am           Terce and Meeting for Monks 9:00 am           Work Meeting for Guests at Giftshop and Necessary Work 12:15 am         Sext 3:00 pm           None 5:00 pm          Eucharist of Holy...

Father Christian with Father Cruz Oswaldo

Our Father Christian with Father Cruz Oswaldo During A Recent Stay with the Little Brothers of Jesus Caritas at Sassovivo in Umbria. Father Cruz Oswaldo is the Brother of Mother Hilda, Prioress of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert in New...

The Renewal of Simple Vows

Our Fr Simeon Cook and Br Dominic Paulraj Renewed Their Vows as Benedictine Monks on March 20th, 2017. Ad multos annos. *   *  ...

Monika

One of Our Cats, Monika, Living The “Vida...

Two Monks Renew Simple Vows

On December 26th, two of our Junior Monks Renewed their Simple Vows, Brother Bonaventure Nguyen and Brother Faustino Torres.  

Christmas Schedule 2016

Abbot Philip Lawrence, O.S.B., and the monks of Christ in the Desert extend a cordial invitation and welcome to all who may come to pray with the community during these days of celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas). Should weather come to be a concern for...

OUR “IMAGES OF THE DESERT PHOTOGRAPHIC ART GALLERY”

  For some years now, in addition to our Giftshop here, we have a wonderful photographic art gallery in our Guest Reception building at the Monastery. The images for sale in the gallery celebrate the wonders of God’s creation all around us. The inspiring...

Flowers Still Blooming in November

  With the mild autumn we have had, flower pots in front of church, compliments of Candace Piuma of Chama, New Mexico, are still in bloom! We have yet to have a hard frost this fall. No doubt it will eventually...

BISHOP MICHAEL BARBER, S.J., GIVES OUR COMMUNITY RETREAT

BISHOP MICHAEL BARBER, S.J., This past week we have been greatly blessed by the presence of Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., of the Diocese of Oakland, California, in directing our annual community retreat. As both a bishop and a consecrated religious of the Society of...

Monastic Formation Classes

Novice Master Father Benedict Giving Class to New Brothers Almost every day our brothers in formation, that is, observers, postulants and novices, have “formation classes.” The Classes cover a range of topics including Sacred Scripture, especially the Book...