he Norbertine Hermitage Retreat and Library offer a variety of facilities for use by the public.
These include facilities for day time meetings and conferences, overnight accommodations, for individual retreatants or groups. Our state-of-the-art library, church, chapels and desert environment are open for prayer and study to both retreatants and the larger community.
Our newest facility, Our Lady of Guadalupe Commons, can accomodate large groups for lectures, classes and meals.
Abbey Church of Santa Maria de la Vid
Chapel of John the Baptist
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The Abbey Church of Santa Maria de la Vid is the center of the spiritual life of the Norbertine Community. It includes a gathering space as well as a Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Housed within its walls are many sacred images from a variety of artistic traditions to stimulate the religious imagination. Like the Chapel of the Baptist, the Church of Santa Maria de la Vid is open to the public for private prayer and devotion. It also is the location of larger lecture events and can be used by retreat groups as well. All are welcome to join the Norbertine Community in daily prayer.
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The Chapel of the Baptist is a rustic adobe chapel set apart from other structures alone in the desert. It is an ideal place for private prayer, meditation and contemplation. The Blessed Sacrament is in reserve in the chapel. It is open to the general public as a place of solitude and spiritual refreshment. It may also be used by groups on retreat for prayer and worship.
Hermitages of Prémontré
Bethany Guest House
We have four hermitages available for private retreats. They offer an opportunity for individuals to escape the hectic schedule of daily life and enter more deeply into seclusion, prayer and contemplation. Each includes:
● private bath (shower only)
● desk and comfortable chair
● single bed and nightstand
● small closet
● private courtyard
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The Bethany Guest House is the ideal location for group day retreats or small group over night retreats. It provides a comfortable, intimate and home-like environment in a peaceful secluded setting.
• Spacious living/meeting/dining area
• Large outdoor private covered area
• 2 1/2 baths
• 6 bedrooms
• full kitchen
Note: The Guest House has recently been remodeled. Updated photos are forthcoming.
Casa Maria is a retreat overflow facility with seven rooms, several of which accommodate two beds. This space is available to groups using the Bethany Guest House who
Our Lady of Guadalupe Commons
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Commons is the newest of our public facilities at the Abbey.
The Commons have one larger conference space that can accommodate over 100 individuals for lectures or up to about 90 people for dining. The space can be divided into two smaller rooms.
Additionally, the facility features a gallery corridor, a state-of-the-art kitchen for meal preparation, a small conference room and additional office space.
The Norbertine Library
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The Norbertine Library houses the largest collection of theological and spirituality texts in the State of New Mexico. In addition to this extensive collection it houses a conference room, three spiritual direction/counseling rooms, a reception area and a garden of peace.