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Website Review: The Monastery of Christ in the Desert

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The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, was founded in 1964 by Fr. Aelred Wall, OSB. The monks follow the Benedictine life with no external apostolates. However, they maintain a guesthouse for private retreats for men and women and also do agricultural work, crafts, maintenance, and computer work.

The site not only provides information on this Monastery, but is also a good resource for information on monasticism in general and the Rule of St. Benedict in particular. There are also good sections on chant, prayer, and the Desert Fathers.

The site as a whole is excellent, the caution only applies to the bookstore where there are some questionable titles.

Review Ratings what do these ratings mean?

First Evaluated: 02/06/2001; Last Updated: 07/19/2012

  1. Fidelity: Caution
  2. Resources: Excellent
  3. Useability: Excellent


  • Monastic Spirituality  Resources  Example(s)
  • Section on Chant  Resources  Example(s)
  • Gift shop which includes books, many beautiful icons and other Catholic art, as well as recipes and crafts  Resources 
  • General information about the Monastery  Resources 
  • Daily Martyrology  Resources 
  • Scriptoria  Resources 
  • Section on the angels  Resources 
  • St. Benedict and His Order  Resources  Example(s)
  • Vocational information  Resources 
  • Stories from the Desert Fathers  Resources 
  • Liturgy of the Hours Resource Page  Resources 


  • Fidelity: The gift shop includes questionable books Example(s)


Culture > Arts
Institutions > Religious Communities

More Information

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert
P.O. Box 270
Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510-0270
(801) 545-8567
419-831-9113 (fax)
[email protected]

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