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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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images Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

Just like The Father’s Tale, in my first blog book review, Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska could be used to prop open a door, but once again I highly recommend it. Here are some quotes for a sneak peak. “Let that which He has ordained happen to me” “True greatness of the soul is in loving God and in humility” “Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle” “I... Read More

into your hands Into Your Hands Father

When we are so preoccupied with our past and our future, we naturally have neither energy nor openness left for the present moment, the only moment that mediates God’s will.” Have you noticed that sometimes the subtitle of a book really says it all!  In the case of “Into Your Hands Father” by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen I believe this to be the case.  The... Read More

photo 3 By the Water’s Edge

With the record breaking rain falls all over the Valley of the Sun, we were NOT left out!  We always say that rain is a reminder of God’s grace…well, boy oh boy, on Our Lady’s birthday (9/8) we surely had plenty of reminders of this grace!!!! Do you remember the classic 80′s George Strait song: Ocean Front Property? I got some ocean front property in... Read More

Photo on 2014-09-10 at 10.38 #3 Leisure: The Basis of Culture

As a cloistered contemplative Nun, a question I frequently receive is, “What do you do?” This is closely followed by, “What? All you do is pray?” Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper explores the notion of “not everything is useless, which cannot be brought under the definition of the useful.” In our ‘workaday” world productivity is #1, yet St. Thomas... Read More

photo The Father’s Tale

Before I entered the monastery I did not read much. I enjoyed reading bedtime stories to my nieces and nephews, I excitingly read restaurant menus and I longed for the Sunday comics to be delivered, but that was the extent of it. What, a cloistered nun who doesn’t like to read? Can it be? However, with the grace of God and the encouragement of my Sisters, I am getting a bit... Read More

fioretti Fioretti by Andrea Tornielli

God always saves the best for us.  But He asks us to let ourselves be surprised by His love, to accept His surprises.” – Pope Francis, July 24, 2013 I know some people who are “One Book People” – they read only one book at a time and read it at a steady rate, say maybe 20 pages a day…NO MATTER WHAT! Steady, focused, systematic, determined…that’s... Read More

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

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