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    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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mary Pro Orantibus Day

Something else that Our Lady’s Presentation makes me think of is perseverance. In the evocative iconography associated with this feast, the Child Mary is shown moving away from her parents as she climbs the steps of the Temple. Mary does not look back and, in a clear reference to the evangelical admonition, she moves forward with determination.” – Pope Francis Today... Read More

51wzn2OSzBL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_ “Gimme space!” vs. Making Space

Chiara and Enrico learned in a marvelous way how to make space for grace; and grace cannot wait to show us the marvels of what it can do.” Usually when I read a book, I plow through it, all the while writing down tons of quotes and putting sticky notes everywhere!  But this was not the case with Chiara Corbella Petrillo, A Witness to Joy.  I read the short book slowly,... Read More

holysouls All Souls’ Day Novena

Purgatory shows God’s great mercy and washes away the defects of those who long to become one with Him.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva Join us as we pray a novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory – beginning on Oct. 24th and ending on Nov. 1st *To be prayed to begin Novena each day: My Jesus, by the sorrows You suffered in Your agony in the Garden, in Your... Read More

Reminder: the Saints are always watching over us and interceding for us! I LOVE THE LITURGICAL YEAR

Today, September 29th, begins 10 consecutive days of AWESOME Feast Days – these happen to be some of my favorite 10 days of the entire liturgical year: Sept. 29th – Feast of the Archangels Sept. 30th – Memorial of St. Jerome AND the Anniversary of the death of St. Therese Oct. 1st – Memorial of St. Therese Oct. 2nd – Memorial of the Guardian Angels Oct.... Read More

IMG_1364 I saw it with my own eyes

I saw it with my own eyes….. Several months ago a little girl came up to communion with her big sister. From where she stood, the statue of St. Michael under the altar rail was right at her eye level. With her little hand, she reached out and touched St. Michael on the head. Then she stooped over and touched the devil’s head but immediately pulled her hand off and wiped... Read More

francis1 St. Francis Novena

Today begins the Novena to St. Francis of Assisi, the beloved little poor man who is the patron of our beloved Pontiff…Pope Francis!  We got so caught up in soaking in every moment of the Papal Visit – via television – that we didn’t get this blog posted sooner!  Yes, all of us here are thoroughly enjoying this “Pope Mania” that has swept... Read More

franciswheelchair Missionary of Mercy and Encounter

We are celebrating the feast of the apostle and evangelist Saint Matthew.  We are celebrating the story of a conversion.  Matthew himself, in his Gospel, tell us what it was like, this encounter which changed his life.  He shows us an “exchange of glances” capable of changing history. – Pope Francis, Sept 21, 2015 The Sisters and I have been eagerly tuning into... Read More

stigmata Wounds of Christ

Today is the beautiful and moving Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis.  To be so surrendered to Our Crucified Love!  How much we learn from this meeting of Love with love. The perfect day to meditate on Galatians 2:20 “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself... Read More

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