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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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Video from Sr. John-Mark’s Profession

Enjoy this video from Sr. John-Mark’s Perpetual Profession on December 12th, 2016! It was a most glorious day as evidenced in the photos! A special word of thanks to John Bering for the glorious photos! And another word of thanks to the wonderful folks at Papercastle Records for providing the beautiful and moving music (Starlight – written by the Cathedral of the... Read More

Radiant Bride of Christ

With high praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, we are happy to share with you that on December 12, 2016, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria became a perpetually professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration. Our much beloved Bishop Olmsted celebrated the Mass of Profession along with Bishop Nevares and over a dozen priest friends of our community *including... Read More

St Therese and Mercy

Celebrating the Feast of St. Therese in the Year of Mercy seems very significant to me.  After all, Mercy is mentioned about 75 times in her writings.  Her path to holiness, the Little Way, was cleared and made ready by Mercy.  And, a pivotal moment in her life is when she wrote and made the Act of Oblation to Merciful Love. So let’s celebrate big! When I read anything... Read More

Little Poor Man of Assisi

On Sunday, September 25th, the Novena to St. Francis will begin.  Pray it with us and/or send us  your intentions for the Novena via the form at the bottom of this post. Also, all are invited to join us as we celebrate the Feast Day of this Little Poor Man of Assisi at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel: Monday, October 3rd @ 5 p.m. – the Transitus of St. Francis.  This... Read More

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. -GK Chesterton Ever since I was a little girl (and my brother freed me from those cumbersome training wheels) I have always loved a nice long bike ride – the peace, quiet, wind in my hair (or now in my veil!) and the open road. I was probably about 8 years old when my parents gave me the green light to ride alone beyond... Read More

This, That, & the Other Thing

Things here at Our Lady of Solitude have been quite busy!  So this is a “catch-up” blog, reaching as far back as May!  My heavens! – where has the time gone?!?! May Crowning:  May Crowning is always such a beautiful day and this year was no exception.  Some of our local Tonopah children brought “flowers of the rarest and blossoms the fairest”... Read More

“You Are A Priest Forever…”

To devote ourselves to Jesus in the Eucharist, to the Church, to the interests of the glory of God, to the extension of the Kingdom of Our Lord, these are our duties. And do not say that, because of our humility, it is too great a vocation. As adoring souls, we must lead all souls to Jesus, but principally the souls of Priests. In our holy Constitutions, in effect, we are... Read More

A Spring Update

Spring in the desert has been beautiful, blessed, and busy! Things started getting busy with the Nun Run and are only now beginning to slow down!  Speaking of the Nun Run, we recently uploaded about 50 photos – more will be added over the next few days.  Check them out!  With over 900 participants, it was another successful Nun Run – and filled with Year of Mercy... Read More

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