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.

hilda_weav_webAbove pictures of Prioress Hilda

Sister Julianne former Prioress of our community

Shown above are pictures of Sister Benedicta

Sister Mary

Sister Antonia from Jamberoo Abbey witnessing the signature of Sister Mary on her final vows.
We ask your prayers for Sister Elizabeth who is pursuing a hermit life.
Sister Kateri in choir.
Sister Kateri in choir.

                                             Snapshot of Sister Kateri                                                                                                when she was in Rome, Italy

guadalupe_webSister Guadalupe preparing delicious tacos.


 Sister Guadalupe made final profession on December 12, 2013.
Sister Agnes Le Doan with her children. SAL_blk_veil
Welcome our new Junior, Sister Agnes Le, as of December 27, 2014.portrait_novicechapel_noviceOur new Novice, Sister Stephen Phiri, clothed on November 15, 2016.  She chose the name in honor of our first martyr St. Stephen.  You can read ACTS, CHAPTER 7, in the Bible.
We are very happy to receive Sister Scholastica as a sister in 1st vows, on December 6, 2016.   She took her name in honor of St. Scholastica.
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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