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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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... read more

The Abbot’s Notebook for July 27, 2016 Blessings to you!  I am writing this partially in the United States before I head to Mexico and partially in Mexico where I am at present.  Always I try to find time to get my homily and my notebook written.  I have been... read more

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity!  Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill, and yet to another who has not... read more

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, July 31, 2016

Scripture Readings: Book of Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Letter to the Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 12:13-21 This Sunday’s scripture readings provide us with another opportunity to reflect on the fact that “you can’t take it with you,” when one... read more

Daily Martyrology for July 30, 2016

About 450, at Imola, St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the church. He was a deacon at Imola before being appointed archbishop of Ravenna. As archbishop he built churches, reformed the church, championed St. Leo the Great’s teaching on the Incarnation, and was a renowned preacher.

In 1942, St. Leopold Mandic. His parents were Croatian. He became a Capuchin priest and served in Capuchin monasteries in Venice, Zara and Padua. He had hoped to dedicate himself to the... 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

Updated at 5:30 am on Friday, July 29, 2016

The road leading to the Monastery (Forest Service Road 151) is passable for all vehicles.

Please always remember that if it is actually raining while you are on the road with a two wheel drive vehicle, you should probably stop and wait for the rain to stop and then wait for a half hour or so for the road to dry. When it is actually raining the road becomes quite slick but will dry sufficiently in a short time.

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