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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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popefrancisstfrancis2 2 Peas in a Pod: St. Francis and Pope Francis

The message of Jesus is mercy.  For me, and I say this with humility, it is the Lord’s strongest message.” – Pope Francis In the life of St. Francis of Assisi, we see how the Mercy of God met him in his darkest hours.  Not only meeting him, but redeeming him, transforming him, filling him with hope and life.  And, from the grace of this encounter with Mercy... Read More

healingservice Upcoming Healing Service

“With confidence, tell the Madonna and her son Jesus about your expectations, your hopes, your joys and your sufferings, and trust in the help of Jesus and the support of Mary.” – Pope Francis Mark your calendars and please plan on joining us… To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to honor Our Lady of Lourdes, we will be hosting a Eucharistic Holy... Read More

maxresdefault Little Drummer Boy and the Parable of the Talents

In the parable of the talents, Jesus warns us not to close ourselves off from coming to know Him through faith, and not to be slothful in using all the things that God is continuing giving us.” – Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer If you’re not familiar with the Parable of the Talents, then before proceeding have a read of Matthew 25:14-30. Throughout this post, I am going to intersperse... Read More

Divine Mercy Image Trust and Mercy

Each day I read a small excerpt from the Diary of Divine Mercy.  And many days I spend a few moments looking at the image of Divine Mercy.  One thing has often baffled me…Why didn’t Our Lord instruct St. Faustina to have these words inscribed at the bottom of the painting: “Jesus, have mercy.” – or some derivative of that?  A few days before... Read More

rostro_400_ Jubilee Indulgence and Resources

I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints and heal all their sorrows, hardships and sufferings.” – Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego This is our... Read More

erb An Empty Box

My nieces, aged from 3 to 9, always provide me with much food for thought.  When we really listen to them and observe their actions, children are quite profound.  Case in point:  Yesterday I received this photo of my 4 year old niece holding a box that she wrapped all by herself, just for me.  Granted, it was an empty box…but take a look at that photo, could there... Read More

IMG_2695 Advent Photo Update

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to... Read More

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

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