“The Holy Spirit, Who led Jesus into the desert, invites the Nun to share the solitude of Christ Jesus, Who with the Eternal Spirit offered Himself to the Father.” – Verbi Sponsa
The Lord said to… [more]
Dreams to Reality
Come and help me build the Monastery of San Damiano, because ladies will dwell here who will glorify our Heavenly Father throughout His Holy Church by their celebrated and holy manner of… [more]
Desert Days of Prayer
Solitude is the place where man finds God." - St. Eucherius
Individuals or small groups are invited to come to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel for a day of prayer, solitude and silence. Retreatants… [more]
Prayers for Priests
Prayer for the Holy Father
"Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father, Pope Francis, under the protection of Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou his light, his strength, and his consolation."
"O God, the Pastor and… [more]
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Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her all you who mourn over her. For this is what the Lord says: “I will extend peace to her like a river, and the… [more]
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!
Celebrating the Feast of St. Therese in the Year of Mercy seems very significant to me. After all, Mercy is mentioned about 75 times in her writings. Her path to holiness, the Little Way, was cleared and made ready by Mercy. And, a pivotal moment in her life is when she wrote and made the Act of Oblation to Merciful Love.
So let’s celebrate big!
When I read anything... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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