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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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wakeup_logo Year of Consecrated Life

  Every vocation, even within the variety of paths, always requires an exodus from oneself in order to center one’s life on Christ and on his Gospel…. We must surmount the ways of thinking and acting that do not conform to the will of God. It is an exodus that leads us on a journey of adoration of the Lord and of service to him in our brothers and sisters.” ... Read More

Thompson-Francis-Cover Francis of Assisi – a new biography

OK – I have 2 confessions to make: 1.)  It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted either a blog or a book review.  No excuses…just a promise to TRY to be more regular with contributions   I wanted to get this review posted for St. Francis’ Feast Day on Oct. 4th…Can anyone tell me where the month of October went?  How is it almost... Read More

C005_ThereseSickbed The Food that Nourishes

God is feeding me and what I’m praying for is an appetite.” – Flannery O’Connor A few nights ago, our dog – Fergus – pulled a funny little stunt.  He has a ritual that he performs each and every night: After dinner he goes scavenging under the table just hoping for some crumbs.  (what a scriptural dog! – see Mt. 15:27) Well, wouldn’t... Read More

p015 The Sweet and Fiery Strength of God’s Love

I beseech Thee, O Lord, that the fiery and sweet strength of Thy love may absorb my soul from all things that are under heaven, that I may die for love of Thy love as Thou didst deign to die for love of my love.” – St. Francis of Assisi If any human heart ever knew the fiery and sweet strength of God’s Love, no doubt it would be the heart of St. Francis. ... Read More

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

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  • 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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