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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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P1110961 ASU Invasion

To you, who are at the beginning of the journey of life, I ask: have you thought about the talents that God has given you? Have you thought about how you can put them at the service of others? Don’t bury your talents! Bet on big ideals, those ideals that enlarge the heart, those ideals that will make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us so that we can keep it jealously... Read More

P1110847 Triduum and Easter Pics

Our celebration of the Sacred Triduum and Easter was blessed with many graces.  Enjoy the photos that Sr. John-Mark snapped throughout those Holy Days! Morning prayer on Good Friday Holy Saturday prayers to Our Lady of Solitude   Easter Vigil Photos Easter Morning He is risen as He promised, Alleluia!  Read More →

tears_color Sacred Triduum Schedule

Let us allow ourselves to be touched by this love, to be transformed, so that the resurrection may really be realized in us. I invite you, therefore, to live the Paschal Triduum intensely.” - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI You are invited to join us as we celebrate the Sacred Triduum and Easter at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel: Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s... Read More

photo That’s What Love Does

I have a charmingly mischievous 4-year-old niece who is queen of the unexpected! Recently, after she left my parents’ house, my mom found a band-aid on her crucifix. Right there on Jesus’ upper arm was placed a small band-aid. It was a spontaneous and loving gesture from the pure heart of a child.  Perhaps it was her way of saying: “I’m sorry that You are suffering.... Read More

C.A.L.L. Retreat with Fr. Sullivan Solidarity of His Love

     What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of His love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is His taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. – Pope Francis This Lent has brought many visitors to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel – for retreats,... Read More

the-annunciation Let Humility be Bold

Blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation!  Below is an excerpt from St. Bernard’s homily in Praise of Our Lady!  I enjoy reading this each year, in order to stand once more in that very moment when Our Lady spoke her Fiat and the Word was made Flesh!  And from her Yes…flows every other YES! You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have... Read More

Communaute-de-Sainte-Theres The Legacy of Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

The flu has visited our community, inviting some of us to a different sort of Lenten penance than originally planned. I spent the greater part of my own ‘forced retreat’ with some good friends, just catching up. Yes, St. Therese and Pope St. John XXIII were happy to keep me company, being that germs are of no concern to them. I revisited a favorite picture book... Read More

DSC_9489 The Game is Afoot

As the great Sherlock Holmes says: The Game is Afoot…  Yes, Nun Run Saturday…which is March 7th…is quickly approaching!!!!  Needless to say we are getting very excited for the event!  Each Sister has her donation page updated and ready to go…Amongst the five of us, we have an informal and friendly competition (honest, it’s possible!) to see... Read More

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