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Walking the Stations of the Cross ~ The Monastery of Christ in the Desert

May 7, 2010


Walking the Stations of the Cross
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert
Outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico
Evangeline Chavez Photography

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, was founded in 1964 by Fr. Aelred Wall with monks of Mount Savior Monastery. Christ in the Desert is located in  Chama Canyon in northwestern New Mexico outside of the village of Abiquiu. It is a fascinating blend of sustainable systems including passive solar, straw bale buildings and medieval silence.

The long, dusty, potholed thirteen mile drive through the serenity and peace of the Monastery’s dirt road offers a true modern-day pilgrim’s journey through miles of Federal Wilderness.

Information about visiting Christ in the Desert can be found here. It’s a remarkably moving experience to walk in and spend the day, as is the rule, in utter silence.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2010 1:55 pm

    I’ve not visited this site. It’s been on my list to do. After reading this post, I’m going to visit it. Like the medieval silence.

    • May 8, 2010 2:44 pm

      If you can set it up ahead of time, you can stay and participate in the daily life. Medieval silence is the perfect description. On the way there, we joked about being thrown out for laughing at the wrong time. When you actually experience it, you understand. It was very powerful.

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