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...

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...