sal_mb_ap A nun is one who strives to become a living symbol of God’s WORD.  In the concrete reality of life, it means the common chores of maintaining the monastery, or caring for the needs of our sisters and guests.

 As a cenobitic community in the Benedictine tradition, we profess vows of Stability, Conversion of life, and Obedience. Our primary aim is to seek God through prayer and a simple desert spirituality. For St. Benedict and for us, the keys to te Kingdom of God are listening, watching, yearning, and loving all that we encounter as a response to God’s will for us. The charism of Our Lady of the Desert is a secluded life of prayer. This means steadfast attention to communal and private prayer. Prayer holds the first place in our daily life: nothing must be preferred to this activity.
The Mass, in which the sisters participate daily, is the foundation and center of the community, which strengthens their union and mutual charity. The liturgy of the Mass also fosters a celebration of peace and joy. Benedictine spirituality is founded on silence, holy reading and prayer.

Shown above are pictures of Mother Benedicta, Prioress.

Mother Julianne

Sister Mary
Sister Antonia from Jamberoo Abbey witnessing the signature of Sister Mary on her final vows.

Sister Hilda
Sister Elizabeth with Mother Benedicta in front of the Chapel
Sister Elizabeth
Sister Kateri taking a stroll on the upper mesa.






Sister Guadalupe made final profession on December 12, 2013.


Welcome our new Junior, Sister Agnes Le, as of December 27, 2014.
 ARE YOU CONSIDERING A MONASTIC VOCATION? A vocation is who God has “called” us to be. All of the baptized possess the vocation of the universal call to holiness and service in the Church.   The US Bishops’ Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has recently promoted a new website about vocation resources.  ForYourVocation.  This website is dedicated to the promotion of vocations to the consecrated life of women.

Women who are practicing Catholics, free of debts, unmarried, who demonstrate a healthy psychological and religious balance may be considered as candidates for our life.  For more detailed information and/or questions, let us know.

Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert

PO Box 556

Blanco, NM 87412-0556 USA

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