The Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Our Benedictine monastic community near Abiquiu, New Mexico, warmly welcomes you to our Abbey on the banks of the Chama River.

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Be our Guest

We welcome both day visitors and overnight guests for self-directed retreats. We celebrate mass daily, and invite you to pray with us.

Support Us

This monastic community is possible only by the generous support of friends like you. While the Monastery is an officially recognized Roman Catholic organization, it does not receive any direct financial support from the Church.

Visit our Gift Shop

We sell statuettes, plaques, boxes, and CDs of our chants. 100% of the proceeds support our monks and upkeep of the abbey.

Abbot’s Notes, Homilies, and News

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Winter Chant Conference, Houston, Texas, January 4 – 8

Five of our young professed monks (can you find them in the photo?), already students of Gregorian chant for some years, recently participated in the first “Winter Sacred Music Workshop for Chant and Polyphony,” sponsored by the renowned Church Music... read more

Abbot’s Notebook for February 10, 2016

Blessings to you!  Today is the Feast of Saint Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict.  She may even have been a twin sister, but that is not certain.  There is also a possibility that the mother of Saint Benedict was of Jewish ancestry. I am still in Vietnam and... read more

1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2016

FIRST READING                 Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying:  “The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the Lord, your God.  Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a... read more

First Sunday of Lent, Year C, February 14, 2016

Readings: Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13 Each year Holy Mother Church gives us this season of Lent to renew our intention of living more completely for Christ. Lent is a word in English that is related to “length” or “lengthen,” and fittingly, in the... read more

Daily Martyrology for February 11, 2016

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which commemorates the appearances of Mary in 1858 to a fourteen-year-old girl named Marie Bernarde Soubirous. In the course of these, a miraculous spring began to flow. Pilgrimages to the spot began in 1862, and it is now one of the most visited shrines in the world, at which many miraculous cures have occurred.

At Whitby, in 680, St. Caedmon. He was a herdsman of the monastery, who received a vision telling him to sing about the creation of... read more

Prayer and Chant

Learn more about the Monastic Day or review our Daily Prayer Schedule.

Prayer Requests and Mass Intentions

We are glad to include your requests for prayer in our daily chanting of the psalms. Mass intentions (including the delivery of a Mass card) may be requested for small stipend.

Daily Prayer and Mass Schedule

All are welcome to join us at daily worship. Click here for our daily prayer schedule which begins at 4:00am and ends at 7:30pm.

Current Road Conditions

Last update 7:30 am, Thursday Feb. 11, 2016

As it continues to warm up this week, the road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Rd 151) is passable but still be muddy in places, especially close to the Monastery. While a two-wheel drive vehicle can be used with care, it is always recommended to travel the road by a 4-wheel drive vehicle and it is always best when frozen in the mornings and evenings.

Click here for driving directions