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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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C.A.L.L. Retreat with Fr. Sullivan Solidarity of His Love

     What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of His love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is His taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. – Pope Francis This Lent has brought many visitors to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel – for retreats,... Read More

the-annunciation Let Humility be Bold

Blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation!  Below is an excerpt from St. Bernard’s homily in Praise of Our Lady!  I enjoy reading this each year, in order to stand once more in that very moment when Our Lady spoke her Fiat and the Word was made Flesh!  And from her Yes…flows every other YES! You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have... Read More

Communaute-de-Sainte-Theres The Legacy of Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

The flu has visited our community, inviting some of us to a different sort of Lenten penance than originally planned. I spent the greater part of my own ‘forced retreat’ with some good friends, just catching up. Yes, St. Therese and Pope St. John XXIII were happy to keep me company, being that germs are of no concern to them. I revisited a favorite picture book... Read More

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

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