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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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P1120755 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

bikes 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

P1160045 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

ordination “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

IMG_2938 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

Sr. Marie St. Paul and Sr. Mary Fidelis with Mother Angelica, 2004 Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA

Rev. Mother Marie Andre with Mother Angelica, 2002 On the very day when we celebrate Our Lord’s victory over death, Mother Angelica passed from this life to the next. Mother holds a special place in our history and our hearts.  She received into Religious Life Mother Marie André, Sr. Marie St. Paul and Sr. Mary Fidelis: clothing them in the habit of our Order, receiving... Read More

holysat2 Our Lady of Solitude, Guardian of Memory

Today is the patronal feast day of our Monastery, as Our Lady of Solitude is “Our Lady of Holy Saturday”.  Our patronal feast day is spent quietly, unlike other celebratory days…because today is different.  As Melito of Sardis said in today’s Office of Readings: Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great... Read More

frtom Good Friday Prayers

Today as we commemorate our Lord’s brutal death on the cross for us, let us also keep in prayer all the Christians who are currently being dislocated, persecuted, and martyred. Especially today let us pray for Fr. Tom, a Salesian priest who was kidnapped by ISIS in Yemen on March 4th during the attack on and murder of 4 Missionaries of Charity sisters and 12 of their companions.... Read More

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