Christ of the Desert Monastary, Abiquiu

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The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery belonging to the English Province of the Subiaco Congregation of Benedictine monasteries.The monastery is in Abiquiu, New Mexico, surrounded by miles of undisturbed wilderness amidst the Chama River Canyon Wilderness area 75 miles north of Santa Fe. It is accessible by Forest Road 151, a 13-mile dirt road off of US route 84.The monastery was founded in 1964 by Aelred Wall, O.S.B., a monk of Mount Savior Monastery in Pine City, New York.The original monastery was designed by George Nakashima, the famous architect and woodworker. The chapel is renowned for its beauty and was praised by Thomas Merton as the most perfect monastic chapel he had ever visited.Christ in the Desert follows the Benedictine life without an external apostolate. It has a guesthouse in which men and women can stay and join the monks in the chapel to share in the monastic Divine Office and in the Mass.In addition to maintaining the guesthouse, the monks manage a gift shop of books and religious items, which is accessible online and by mail order. The monks also work in agriculture, crafts, computer work and maintenance of the grounds and facilities.Christ in the Desert has three dependent monasteries. Two are in Mexico (Nuestra Senora de la Soledad and Monasterio Benedictino De Santa María y Todos Los Santos) and the other is in Kerens, Texas (Benedictine Monastery of Thien Tam). These monasteries also observe the Benedictine life with no apostolate other than a guesthouse.
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  • Go in the early morning when the light is just right for the view of the 3 crosses on the mountain from inside the chapel Its the quite, calmness and peace you will get while walking, standing on the ...  more »
  • As other reviews have noted, the 13 mile drive in along rough dirt roads is long, but it is beautiful. The views are just as great as from nearby Ghost Ranch and the colors in October were really stun...  more »
  • If you are seeking a quiet retreat and if you are willing to risk taking the dirt road then the Monastery is your place. It has expanded a lot since I first visited when it first located there, and it...  more »
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  • Completely filling , spiritually , physically & emotionally . We left there fulfilled , I can’t wait until the next time!
  • The Monastery is beautiful, a wonderful place to stay with a stunningly beautiful drive along the Chama river!
  • It's was probably one of the best drives through. The atmosphere is breath taking.
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