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  • Deus Meus et Omnia!

    Welcome to the website of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (PCPA) of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery in Tonopah, AZ! We are Franciscan contemplative Adorers of the Most Blessed Sacrament, specifically consecrated to offer Jesus continual adoration in a spirit of reparative thanksgiving.

    Our foundation of PCPAs began in 2005, as we moved into the Diocese of Phoenix, at the invitation of Bishop Thomas Olmsted. With the completion of our Chapel in 2010, we now move toward the construction of our monastery building. Please keep this in your prayers!

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photo Why Reading Reverie?

There are times when the very mention of spiritual reading makes one want to hide (cue Fergus): Just too much to do, not enough time in the day!  The excuses can grow at an alarming rate: “My eyes are tired”, “I’d rather relax and watch TV” (cue Fergus): Or, “I can’t find a good book”, “I’d rather do something fun…”... Read More

Rainbow See the Rainbow…

See the rainbow and praise its Maker, so superbly beautiful in its splendor. Across the sky it forms a glorious arc drawn by the hands of the Most High.” (Ecclesiasticus 43:11-12) Enjoy these photos from the spectacular monsoon sky here at Our Lady of Solitude on August 19th.  Let us pray for residents in North Phoenix who were affected adversely by flash flooding from... Read More

MCSG006 The World is in Flames

    The world is in flames. The struggle between Christ and the antichrist rages openly, and so if you decide for Christ you can even be asked to sacrifice your life.” These are the words of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), written at a dark time in history, as the Nazi persecution was raging. Sadly, now in our own day and age, these same words can be... Read More

P1110129 Novena in Honor of St. Clare of Assisi

Please join us as we pray a Novena in honor of St. Clare, from August 2nd through August 10th.  Click here to download a copy of the novena.  Fill out the form below to send us your petitions. Join us at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Holy Clare: Sunday, August 10th @ 5 p.m. Transitus of St. Clare, with Vespers and Veneration of her Relic Monday,... Read More

Sr. John-Mark's b-day celebration at the end of May! Makarioi

What does it mean to be ‘blessed’ (makarioi in Greek)? To be blessed means to be happy. Tell me: Do you really want to be happy? In an age when we are constantly being enticed by vain and empty illusions of happiness, we risk settling for less and ‘thinking small’ when it comes to the meaning of life. Think big instead! Open your hearts!” –... Read More

P1110111 Do you remember when…

On June 22nd, we celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (enjoy the lil’ video of pics from our Eucharistic Procession below).  The first reading for the Solemnity is taken from Deuteronomy 8: Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your... Read More

angelwindow_heart Sacred Heart Novena

In the Heart of Jesus, which was pierced, the kingdom of heaven and the land of earth are bound together. Here is for us the source of life. This Heart is the Heart of the Triune Divinity, and the center of all human hearts… It draws us to itself with secret power, it conceals us in itself in the Father’s bosom and floods us with the Holy Spirit. This Heart, it... Read More

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