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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The Abbot’s Notebook for April 27, 2016

The Abbot’s Notebook for April 27, 2016 Blessings to you!  There have been some challenges in the last week here at Christ in the Desert.  Brother Leander had to be taken to the emergency room because of complications with his catheter.  He is due to see his... read more

6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016

6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.”  Because there arose no... read more

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, May 1, 2016

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29; Book of Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; Gospel According to Saint John 14:23-29 The holy season of Easter, Paschaltide as it is also called, continues in these Sundays and weekdays. In the monastery we are reminded... read more

Daily Martyrology for April 29, 2016

In 1380, in Rome, St. Catherine of Siena, doctor of the church. Catherine was born [the] next to the last of 25 children in a prosperous Sienese family. She chose a life of virginity, which so angered her parents that they turned her into a servant. She joined a group of lay Dominicans, but spent much of her time in prayer and soon developed an intense spiritual life. When she was 21 she began to spend more time in charitable work and in preaching. He confessor and friend, Blessed Raymund 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 11:45 am, Friday April 29, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is at this hour muddy and slippery from snow last night and rain off and on this morning. Unless it dries significant today, it is recommend that only a 4-wheel drive vehicle be used to travel on the road.

Click here for driving directions