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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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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

index The 7 Penitential Psalms

“From my own experience I can certainly say that these seven psalms, though not all equally, are one of God’s greatest gifts in keeping us in touch with a true sorrow for sin and in giving us the words we need to pierce through the haziness of self-justification.” – Mother Maureen McCabe Late last year, I was bless to find this little gem of a book:... Read More

Here is our postulant Jennifer with good ole Fergie! He is infamous for "clawing" at our hands when he wants a scratch or a belly rub! Clawing at Grace

Recently I had an intriguing conversation with a friend.  We were talking about struggle, and how with struggle there is also an outpouring of grace. She said something to this effect: “Ah grace!…I’m clawing at it!” Here is our postulant Jennifer with good ole Fergie! He is infamous for “clawing” at our hands when he wants a scratch or a... Read More

P1110368 Open House Photos

On February 8th, we invited all to come and see Our Lady of Solitude Monastery Chapel!  To celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, we had an open house, tour and reception.  The day far exceeded our hopes!  People from all over the Valley joined us.  It was simply glorious.  With a Chapel FULL of wonderful folks, we prayed together, celebrated Mass together, then Sister... Read More

NunRun2015Logo Be Sure To Tune In…

Be sure to tune in to the Bishop’s Hour on 1310 AM Immaculate Heart Radio on Thursday, Feb. 12th at 9 p.m.  to hear an interview with Sr. Mary Fidelis and Sr. John-Mark Maria about Year of Consecrated Life, Vocation, Joy, and the Nun Run!  Can’t tune in then?  No worries! The show will also be available online at PhoenixCatholicMedia. Also, Sr. John-Mark Maria... Read More

IMG_1369 Feb. 8th – Holy Mass and Open House

Got plans on Sunday, February 8th? Why not come on out to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life with us?!? The day begins with Holy Mass at 9 a.m.  Following Mass there will be a light reception, meet and greet with the Nuns, and a unique tour of the future cloistered areas of the Chapel!  Read More →

kateri A Great Big Thank You

We want to say THANK YOU to all of you who made large and small donations toward the St. Kateri Window in Our Lady of Solitude Chapel! We are happy to announce that the window is now fully funded! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!  Read More →

wrap WRAP Yourself in Scripture

It’s is time for another Reading Reverie Book Review!  I can hardly believe that I have not yet reviewed this book, WRAP Yourself in Scripture.  For the last 3 or 4 years, it has been my constant companion. I carry it with me to Eucharistic Adoration each day, as well as having it by my side each day as I enter into Lectio Divina.  I’ve read it cover to cover... Read More

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  • Click Photo Below to Make a Nun Run Donation

    Click Photo Below to Make a Nun Run Donation

    As explained on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, please show your support for PCPA Vocations by making a donation to our Postulant Jennifer's Nun Run Fundraising Page! Simply click the photo above to make a donation.

  • Help Support Our Monastery

    To send a donation by mail, please make checks payable to Our Lady of Solitude Monastery. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 639, Tonopah, AZ 85354

  • 6th Annual Nun Run

    6th Annual Nun Run
  • When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015
    Where: Kiwanis Park, Tempe AZ
    What: 10K, 5K, 1mi

    Visit www.desertnunrun.com for more details


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