MEET OUR NEW FRIENDS

The contemplative Benedictine nuns of Queen of Angels Monastery, Kenya, were founded in 2009 from the Abbey of Saint John the Baptist, Monte Mario, outside of Rome. Because we have brothers from Kenya, we are delighted to know of the fairly new foundation of nuns in...

Visit to Joliet Catherdal

On a recent visit with Prior Christian to the Catholic cathedral in Joliet, Illinois, Fr Simeon thought it might be wise to consult with Mother (now Saint) Teresa of Calcutta in the cathedral garden dedicated to her. Fr Simeon was reminded there of one of Saint...

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

* * *   Each year on September 8th the Catholic Church commemorates the Nativity or Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of whom was born Christ our Savior. A number of our monks also celebrate on September 8th the anniversary of their monastic profession,...

Dom James Vo, OSB, Pronounces Simple Monastic Vows

  At Sunday Mass on August 14, 2016, our novice Brother James Vo makes his simple, temporary vows, as a Benedictine monk. Family and friends were on hand for the joyous event. Brother James is now among the fifteen other brothers in temporary vows here, often...

Abbot Aidan Gore, OSB, New Abbot of Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos

This past Saturday, July 30th, a number of our monks were able to attend the Pontifical Solemn Mass and blessing of Abbot Aidan Gore at the Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pecos, New Mexico, which belongs to the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation. The photo...

Cloister Geraniums

  Like fine wine and some monks, our geraniums get stronger and better with the passing of years. Some of our geraniums are fifteen or more years old. The one pictured here is among the nicest of the potted plants that adorn the lower wall in the cloister outside...

Brothers in Formation

A recent photo of our brothers in formation, that is, postulants, novices and junior professed, with our Novice Master, Fr. Benedict. Some of the brothers in formation were not present for this photo. We are blessed by the presence of these men, discerning the call to...

MONASTERY INSTALLS NEW SOLAR BATTERIES

Abbot Philip blesses the new solar batteries.   Thanks to the generosity of many benefactors, the Monastery recently acquired a number of new solar batteries for the north power grid.  These are shown in the photo above being blessed by Abbot Philip after their...

Archbishop John Wester Visits

  We were honored to welcome our archbishop here over the past days. Archbishop Wester visited Christ in the Desert many years ago, as a young priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, so this was not his first visit. In the photo, after Mass today, on the...

Two Monks Renew Vows

                                  On the June 23, 2016, the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, two of our temporary professed (junior monks) renewed...

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (Flowers in the Desert)

Some of our friends who have never been here sometimes imagine that we are surrounded by sand dunes and sagebrush. In fact our Alpine desert setting (designated by the altitude and scarcity of annual rainfall) does support plant and tree life, and we cultivate certain...

Sister Fatima Aphiri, OLS, comes to Christ in the Desert

We have been greatly blessed this week with the presence of Sr. Fatima Aphiri, a Sister of Our Lady of Sorrows, Lafayette, Louisiana, a teacher and formator in her religious community. Sr. Fatima is giving us lectures on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary,...

Sacred Images in our Abbey Church

Today is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (center icon in our church). Later this month, on June 24th, we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist (icon on the left), principal patron of our monastery. On July...

Pilgrimage Opportunity

A Simpler Pilgrimage with Prior Christian Leisy, O.S.B. Dates: September 26 – 30, 2016 Many pilgrimages are long and exotic, to distant lands and wonderful destinations. That is terrific, but I am proposing a less exotic but equally wonderful pilgrimage, closer to...

Blessing of Assumption Sisters’ Car!

The Sisters of the Assumption from Kenya are taking root in nearby Chama, Tierra Amarilla and Los Ojos, NM, not far from our Monastery. Sister Josephine Wafula is preparing the way for other members of her flourishing community to minister as teachers, catechists and...

Visit to Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos, New Mexico

On May 12 -13, our Prior Christian Leisy and Brother Dominic Paulraj paid a fraternal visit to the Benedictine monks at Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos, New Mexico, about ninety miles from us, but also in our Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Our two monasteries have been friends for...