December 6th: Reroofing

After more than twenty years of “wear and tear”, a number of our roofs are being replaced at this time. The extremes of cold and heat add to the stress on New Mexico roofs, and it’s a miracle the roofs have lasted this long In any case, because of...

Advent and Christmas Newsletter

Community While “community” may be a well-worn word in this day and age, that is no reason to stop using it or to cease pondering on its meaning. At the core of the word “community” is the idea of “communion,” a state of being that we hopefully all want to possess and...

November 17th: Giftshop Revival 

Over the past many weeks we have been making an extra effort to increase the variety and enhance the quality of books for sale in our Giftshop. Guests and visitors to the Monastery Giftshop will find a wide selection of books on prayer, Benedictine spirituality, lives...

November 16th: Autumn Light

While Autumn is still going on, before we know it, Winter will arrive. For us in the Chama Canyon wilderness, these days mean chilly mornings, often below freezing, but very pleasant temperatures by midday and throughout the afternoon. Sunset for us at this time of...

October 28th: Retreat Conclusion 

Our annual monastic community retreat is now drawing to a close. As mentioned in the last News Page, the retreat has been conducted by Sister Margaret Michael Gillis, FSP, a member of the Daughters of Saint Paul, who currently resides in their convent in Saint Louis,...

October 27th: God’s Canvas

As Autumn progresses, with leaves having changed and now fallen, we carry on toward an eventual Winter and whatever it may bring this year. We had good rainfall in August and September, and are praying more moisture will come this Winter, either as rain or snow....

October 25th: Not Yet Easter!

On the other hand, it is always Easter for Christians, since we believe that Christ is truly Risen, and we strive to live in that truth. Today’s photo is a splendid expression of our joy at Easter, celebrated in a particular way in our abbey church each year....

October 12th: October Light

Our beautiful landscape never disappoints, and for the attentive eye, there is always something worth seeing, day and night, on the land and in the sky. Today’s twilight photo captures the essence of a “fading day,” and the promise of a star-studded...

October 8th: Fall Fair Weather

We are nearing the middle of October and enjoying very fine weather in our high desert setting. The combination of rain and sun and mild temperatures makes the possibility of walking, running, biking and riding (horses!) a very pleasant experience for those so...

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...

September 21st: Our Lady of Solitude

The month of September holds three feasts associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first, on September 6th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Solitude (La Soledad in Spanish). Our monks at La Soledad Monastery in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, keep September 6th as...

September 12th: Bags of Gold

Well, actually, of Navajo-Churro wool, which fiber artists consider precious as gold. The burlap bags in today’s photo are stuffed with our sheeps’ wool, as well as wool offered to us by friends processing their Navajo-Churro sheep for the sale of meat....

September 9th: Fields of Flowers

If you get a chance these days, drive to the Monastery! Abundant summer rains have provided a stunning sight of fields of yellow sunflowers all along Forest Service Road 151, leading to the Monastery. Meteorologists are telling us that the drought in the great...

September 4th: Ordination Day!

On Saturday morning, September 3rd, 2022, our Brother Gregorio Carrizal Dolores, OSB, was ordained a priest by Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patron Wong, of the Archdiocese of Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Our monastery of Santa Maria y Todos Los Santos, to which Father...

September 1st: Mexico Pilgrimage 

This week Abbot Christian and Brother Leander are in Mexico, attending the ordination to the priesthood of our Brother Gregorio of the  Monastery of Santa Maria y Todos Los Santos near Jalapa, Verzcruz, Mexico.. The Monastery of Santa Maria y Todos Los Santos (Saint...

August 24th: New Guest

For some weeks now, we have had a fledgling robin residing in our cloister garden. While that is not particularly unusual in itself, what is unusual in this case is that the bird can’t fly! It simply hops along the lawn of our garden or hides amid the flowers....

August 20th: Silent Tranquility

Our monastic community recently watched an excellent two hour documentary on the life and work of the late George Nakashima, architect and furniture maker. He was the architect of our monastery church and Guesthouse, as well as designer of our refectory tables. The...

August 16th: Roses

For the moment, afternoon rains have ceased, but they have caused the several rose bushes in our cloister garden to blossom nicely. Today’s photo attests to that. The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, remains dry, so our guests and visitors...

August 14th: The Oratory

What most often is called the “the church” or “the choir,” Saint Benedict simply calls “the Oratory,” that is, the place where his monks are to gather throughout the day, every day, to worship God and sing the praises of God in the...