ABBOT PHILIP TO RETIRE

The Right Reverend Philip J. Lawrence, OSB, the Abbot of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, recently announced in the summer newsletter that given the required retirement of an abbot at age seventy-five coming in 2019, he has decided that he will retire on...

New Novices!

Brother Boniface, Brother Ignatius, Abbot Philip, Brother Jerome, Brother Chrysostom and Prior Fr. Benedict...

ABBOT PHILIP ANNOUNCES EASTER SCHEDULE

Today Abbot Philip Lawrence, OSB, announced the Easter schedule for the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.  He emphasized that the public is cordially welcomed for all of the liturgical service being offered.  The weather is expected to be fine but in any event,...

THE SOLEMN PROFESSION

BRO. DOMINIC AND FR. SIMEON MAKE THEIR SOLEMN PROFESSION On Saturday, February 10th, two monks of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Br. Dominic and Fr. Simeon, made their final vows.  It was the feast of St. Scholastica, the sister of St. Benedict, and a most...

OBLATE NEWS

AIM USA ANNOUNCES 2018 LENTEN APPEAL The Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM USA) promotes cooperation and solidarity among monasteries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.  With this as its goal and, keeping in mind Jesus’ invitation to love our...

Father David Anderson Lectures…..

                           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. *   *  ...