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Evergreens of the Advent wreath symbolize continuous life and its circular pattern reminds one of the eternity of God. Purple signifies a time of prayer and penance. The Prophecy Candle reminds one of those who foretold of the coming Messiah. The Bethlehem Candle is a reminder of the journey of Mary and Joseph. The Shepherd’s Candle is rose colored for liturgical joy that reminds one of the joy experienced at the birth of Jesus; it is lit on Gaudete Sunday. The Angel’s Candle marks the final week of preparation in anticipation of the birth of our savior.


The Abbey Prepares for Phase IV of Building Plan

As the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré (the Norbertines) approaches its 900th anniversary in 2021, we, here are Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey, have begun planning for the growing needs of the people we serve. The fourth phase of our Abbey’s expansion is now in the planning stages. Please read our Case Statement on the link below to find out more information on our plans and how you can support us in this effort.

Our Journey


Do you need solitude and rest? Is your group looking for a prayerful environment for your next meeting, conference or retreat?  Come enjoy our hospitality as an individual or a group amidst our diverse facilities in our natural desert environment.
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Our Journey


Could God be calling you to consecrate your life to service of Him and His Church? Come explore the stirrings in your heart with us as we seek to give ourselves fully to God through our shared life of community, contemplation, and compassionate service.
Our Journey


Are you looking to grow in faith and connect with others seeking God in their lives? Attend one of our many events at the Abbey and throughout our local community as we seek to bring people of good will together in building the Kingdom of God.
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Our Journey

Featured Events

Advent Come to Christ: A Night of Praise, Worship, & Adoration @ Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Advent Come to Christ: A Night of Praise, Worship, & Adoration @ Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey

Come to Christ: A Night of Praise, Worship, and Adoration
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7-9 PM
Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey
5825 Coors Blvd. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121

Join us for an evening of Praise, Worship, and Adoration at Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey on the first Thursday of December, Dec. 5th from 7-9pm! As this Come to Christ evening will be taking place during Advent, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available for all who wish during the Adoration portion of the gathering.

One young adult will also share their faith story. Our speaker this month is Jennifer Hernandez. Jennifer is a biology major and fourth year student at UNM, an Emmaus Journey Young Adult Mission core member, a parishioner, choir member, and Eucharistic Minister at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and she volunteers at Presbyterian Hospital. College students and young adults (18-35) are especially encouraged to attend. All are welcome!

Happy Advent!

Dwelling in the Heart of Love @ Norbertine Abbey
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dwelling in the Heart of Love @ Norbertine Abbey

An Advent Meditative Writing Retreat with Meg Ashcroft

We have come to expect immediate connection when we use our phones, computers and other devices.  Do we as easily realize our inseparable connection with the Holy One? In the season of Advent, we reflect on God’s deep desire to be in relationship with all of us which resulted in the divine becoming human in Jesus. We are given this gift that we might more fully appreciate that nothing can separate us from Love.

During this retreat day, we will have the opportunity to explore the all-embracing interconnectedness which gives meaning to our lives and our world.

All are welcome to participate and no writing experience is necessary.

Please register by Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Taizé in the Desert @ Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Taizé in the Desert @ Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey

Leave the noise of modern life behind for an evening of prayer at
Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey – 5825 Coors Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121!

Build your relationship with Jesus Christ through song, scripture, silence and contemplation with other young adults and members of our community! Attend the next prayer service in the spirit of Taizé, a French monastic community.

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December 20

*In April, we will not have Taizé in the Desert as the third Friday of the month is Good Friday*

All are welcome to join us on the third Friday of each month at 7:00 PM. This is an ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer. Taizé is a spirituality that is easy to experience and hard to describe. Invite your friends and family.

Thank you for continuing to join us for this evening of prayer through the style of Taizé!

Risen Christ sends us Apostles

Our Mission

The Risen Christ sends us Apostles to witness the reality and the power of a Christian community of faith by living a simple communial life according to the Rule of Augustine and the ancient traditions of the Order of Premontre by loving service to the Church of Santa Fe especially to its poor and needy.

Our Life

The Norbertine Community is a religious order that vows a lifetime of conversion and worship in all we do. We seek to grow in holiness in our relationship with God in, through, and with one another and those whom we serve.

Our Story

In the years after Vatican II, under the leadership of Abbot Benjamin Mackin, the men of St. Norbert Abbey in DePere, Wisconsin missioned some men to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico for a new Norbertine foundation.

Our Abbey

Our Abbey’s greatest resources are members. We believe that our vocation calls us to hold all things in common and to steward them for the greater good of our community and the people of God who surround our Abbey campus.


Our central ministry is our way of life. The heart of our life as Norbertines is to grow in holiness and in our relationship to God in, through, and with one another.

Discern a Vocation

If you feel you may have a religious vocation, or have questions about religious life it is a blessed opportunity to explore those longings, questions and potential life paths.

Pray with Us

You are welcome to join us in prayer during our public liturgies! The general public and individuals and groups on retreat at the Abbey are invited to join us in prayer. Please note that times are subject to change.

About Norbertine Life and Vocation

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2019 Art at the Abbey – What is Holiness?

2019 Art at the Abbey – What is Holiness?

All are invited to visit the 4th Annual Art Exhibition at the Abbey (5825 Coors Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121) on the theme, “What is Holiness?” – An exhibition of works representing over 70 artists and community groups which reflect personal interpretations of...

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