LENT:  But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matt 6:6

The above quote is from the Gospel of Ash Wednesday when Jesus emphasizes that the way we should pray is privately, where no one will see us. We need to know that God welcomes us and knows all things and He is aware of our love in prayer. As we begin Lent on February 14, 2024, let us be more aware that prayer is a precious gift to commune with God.  PRAYER:  O God, look into our hearts and see what is out of rhythm with your desires for us.  Do the mending our hearts need so our words and deeds can flow from your fullness. (by Catherine Upchurch, Liturgical Press 2024)

The Benedictine Nuns of Jamberoo, Australia, are now offering online retreats!

A six-week online retreat entitled “Borrowing Tomorrow” using the teachings of Laudato Si,’ we will be examining our lives and asking hard questions of ourselves in relation to how we care for our own heart first which is reflected in how we care for our earth.

18 February – 24 March 2024 – ONLY $131.40 US DOLLARS

The world is in crisis. It is critical that we take stock. Something new is happening and we need to be prepared. To assist in this preparation it is helpful to look within our own heart first of all and to clear away all that inhibits our capacity to trust, to change and to act. It will be a journey to something new and challenging. This journey takes us through the landscapes of procrastination and resistance, of waiting healthily and of acting. We can often see Lent purely as a time of “giving up” something. It is rather a time for us to take an inner inventory of our lives and so if we could look at this journey from the point of view of “gift”, then it becomes more palatable.

We will be using the three elements of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving with courage and energy in this retreat. The world needs us as never before to be leaders in our own little patch of this magnificent planet that is groaning in agony. A clean sweep of what holds us back is critical for the future of humankind. Borrowing from former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam we can say with confidence: Its time! time not just for each of us to open ourselves to the grace of conversion, but also time to take responsibility for our planet, for humankind as a whole, for all creation. Is it groaning in one great act of giving birth as St. Paul would say? Or is it groaning in one great act of dying?

Sr Antonia Curtis osb will be your guide in this retreat. For more information, please click “Borrowing Tomorrow” on the link entitled “Retreats,” at Jamberoo Abbey

FINAL PROFESSION:  We are delighted that Sister Stephen made final vows on December 21, 2023, in the presence of our Bishop from Gallup, Bishop James E. Wall. During the Consecration, Bishop James asked Sister Stephen: “Sister Stephen, do you desire to be consecrated to God before all here present and to be recognized in the Church as a sign of Her union with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God? Sister Stephen responded, “Yes, with all my heart I do desire this, in your presence, Bishop James, and before the holy people of God, relying on the mercy of God…”

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for January 2024: For the Gift of Diversity in the Church:  Pope Francis calls for prayers to the Holy Spirit “to help us recognize the gift of different charisms within Christian communities and to discover the richness of various ritual traditions within the Catholic Church.”


Sacra Mysteria Venerari (Click for more information)

An apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist by Bishop James S. Wall, Bishop of the Gallup Diocese.

MISSION STATEMENT –The Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert is a monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition.  We profess vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience. Our primary mission, is to seek God through a life of prayer, silence and solitude.  Our way of life frees us to give glory and praise to God, intercede through prayer for the needs of the world and hospitality.