Many tourists visit the New Mexican countryside in search for peace of mind and pure relaxation. If you are one of these visitors, we highly recommend a visit to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert. This monastic community near Abiquiu, NM warmly welcomes guests to come, find peace, and participate in the daily services. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is sure to be one of the highlights of your vacation.
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Christ in the Desert Story
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert was founded by Father Aelred Wall in 1964. He was accompanied by a group of loyal monks from the Mount Savior Monastery in New York. In 1983, Christ in the Desert was received into the English Province of the Subiaco Congregation as a Conventual Priory. Years later, it became its own autonomous abbey. Today, the monastery stands as a home for monks who seek union with God. It is also a retreat for men and women to share in Divine Office and Mass. The monks who live at Christ in the Desert engage in crafts and the complete maintenance of their sacred home for their guests.
Day Trips to Christ in the Desert Monastery
Guests are always welcomed and invited into the monastery with open arms. In order to reach the church, guests must travel 13 miles down a dirt road. The monastery is surrounded by the strikingly beautiful Chama Canyon, so you’ll be sure to encounter some of the most awe-inspiring sights in New Mexico. Along the trail, you will be exposed to views of remarkable rock formations, beautiful cliffs, and tree-covered mountains.
Once you reach the monastery, you will be able to explore the church or participate in daily events. Here are some of the most popular activities offered at Christ in the Desert:
- Find a Quiet Place for Contemplation and to Enjoy the View.
- Explore the gift shop.
- Daily Eucharist.
- Hiking the Nearby Trails.
Visit the Christ in the Desert website for a full schedule of events at the monastery!
Monastery of Christ in the Desert Taproom
Yes, you read that right! Christ in the Desert is the only monastery to own and run a brewery in the United States! At the church, you will find a small taproom that brews small batch beers with native hops grown right at the monastery! These beers are distributed to several states, but there’s no better place to try them than right where they are brewed! Here are just a few selections of Monastery of Christ in the Desert beer you’ll be able to taste during your visit:
- Monks’ Dubbel Reserve
- Monks’ Triple Reserve
- Monks’ Ale
- Monks’ Wit
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