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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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Photo on 2015-06-25 at 11.35 #5 The Confessions

Ferg doesn’t really like when we have our nose in a book! – He would much rather be the center of attention!! (see bottom left of pic) Very slowly I’ve been working my way through The Confessions by St. Augustine.  Surprisingly, it’s my first full read of this classic.  I’ve tried to plow through other translations in the past – but found... Read More

P1120485 VIDEO highlights of Clothing Ceremony

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P1120583 Corpus Christi Highlights

Devotion to the Sacred Heart should bring us to a life of intimate union with Jesus who, we know, is truly present and living in the Eucharist. The two devotions — to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist — are closely connected. They call upon one another and, we may even say, they require one another. The Sacred Heart explains the mystery of the love of Jesus by which... Read More

FullSizeRender[1] Grooming Grace by Fergus

Fergus before “the summer cut” Sr. Augusta’s Clothing Ceremony, A Refelction by Fergus, the West Highland Terrier   It’s getting hot here in Arizona, so at the end of May, the Sisters decided it was time for the “summer cut”.  NOOOO!  Not the dreaded summer cut: Bye bye westie fluffy adorableness, hello ‘rat boy’!  In... Read More

P1120185 God’s Faithfulness

When the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature—every mortal being that is on earth.” – Genesis 9:16 Obviously these photos are not in chronological order! – Sr. Augusta is not a postulant again!  Rather, I am not just getting around to posting a few pics from the celebration... Read More

i-3wCqFDR-M Sr. Marie Andre’s Exhortation

Sr. Marie Andre’s Exhortation at the Clothing Ceremony of Sr. Augusta Mary of Our Lady of Grace on June 6th, 2015 Many people have questions about this life and they often don’t understand what we do or why we do it! The interior apostolate (the contemplative life which we live here as cloistered nuns) CAN subsist by itself. Our life here justifies the absence of an... Read More

P1120490 Introducing Sr. Augusta Mary

Let us REJOICE and be GLAD!!!! Today Jennifer was received into the Novitiate and became Sr. Augusta Mary of Our Lady of Grace! Here’s a little photo sampler…with a promise of MANY more to come in the next few days!!!!!!    Read More →

P1120146 Consecrated Life is Beautiful

Once again, we have to ask ourselves: Is Jesus really our first and only love, as we promised he would be when we professed our vows? Only if he is, will we be empowered to love, in truth and mercy, every person who crosses our path. For we will have learned from Jesus the meaning and practice of love. We will be able to love because we have his own heart.” -Pope Francis The... Read More

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