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.

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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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Annual Monastic Retreat: November 3 – 8, 2015

Each year our monastic community has a preached or guided retreat over several days. This year Abbot Caedmon Holmes, of Saint Gregory’s Benedictine Abbey, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, was our retreat master. Abbot Caedmon has been a friend of ours for many years,... read more

Abbot’s Notebook for November 25, 2015

Blessings to you!  When you receive this, I will be on my way to Kenya with our Brother Charles.  We will visit his family there and his bishop and a religious community of sisters—among other things.  I will also meet with some other Kenyans who want to join our... read more

1st Sunday of Advent-Cycle C–2015

FIRST READING                               Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.  In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right... read more

First Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 33:14-16; First Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 We begin the holy season of Advent this Sunday and a new Liturgical Year begins. The message we will be... read more

Daily Martyrology for November 28, 2015

In 764, at Constantinople, St. Stephen the Younger. He was born in Constantinople. He joined a monastery in Bithynia and was elected abbot. After a dozen years as abbot, at the age of forty-two, he retired to a hermitage. When he refused to endorse iconoclasm, Emperor Constantine V arrested and exiled him. Eventually he was clubbed to death.

In 1476, at Naples, St. James of the March. He was born into a large, poor family. He entered the Franciscans, studied under Bernardino 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 updated Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

The road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is passable today for all vehicles. There may be a slight snow fall tonight and if it is only a slight amount, the road will be fine for all vehicles. If more and the road gets quite wet, then either wait for it to dry somewhat or use a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

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