A nun is one who strives to become a living symbol of God’s WORD. In the concrete reality of life, visit this 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 the 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 Tuyuc, Prioress
Sister Kateri, Subprioress
Sister Benedicta, Retired Prioress

Our Sister Julianne, 89 years of age, died unexpectedly, but peacefully and gently at the monastery on Friday March 12, at 11:30 am.  A private Rosary and Mass were celebrated on March 16-17, 2021.  – From August 30, 1991, Sister Julianne was appointed our Superior for 13 years.  We thank God for her role in our early history, her expertise and service to the community! May her soul rest in peace.

Sister Mary

Sister Elizabeth
Sister Guadalupe
Sister Agnes Le
Sister Frances
Sister Stephen, made 1st Profession of vows on November 17, 2018.  Please pray for her.
On July 11, 2018, Bishop James Wall, Bishop of the Gallup Diocese, received Sister Mercy’s 1st vows.  We give thanks to God!
Dominican Sister, Sister Maria My Linh, arrived with permission of her Superior General, in Vietnam, as a Transfer Sister, on June 26, 2018.  On December 24, 2018, with the approval of our Chapter and Jamberoo Abbey, Sister Maria is now accepted for the first stage of probation for 18 months.  Please pray for her!
On February 2, 2021, Bishop James Wall received the 1st vows of Sister Lizbeth.  She made her commitment of Obedience, Stability and Conversion of Life for three years, and will renew annually up to the completion of five years.
We are delighted to receive our new Novice, Sister Scholastica, clothed on April 30, 2021. The period of Novitiate is two years, a time of spiritual growth both as an individual and as community member.  The Novice studies the Rule of St. Benedict and through the guidance of the Formator, has classes on various topics, including an in-depth course on the Vows of Obedience, Stability and Conversion.
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.

We do not accept women younger than 20 years of age nor women older than 40 years.  Women who are practicing Catholics, free of debts, unmarried and do not have children, and who demonstrate a healthy psychological religious balance may be considered as candidates for our life.  For more details, 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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