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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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P1110856 Happy Anniversary, Our Lady of Solitude Chapel

Four years ago today, our beautiful Chapel was solemnly dedicated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted!  As we celebrate this great Solemnity and Anniversary today, we give thanks to this beautiful lady pictured to the right, Mrs. Connie Basha Vitale, and to her deceased sister Camille Basha!  And we extend our thanks to all of our other benefactors as well, who funded various Chapel... Read More

P1120010 May Flowers

Spring here at the Monastery has been peaceful, joyful and full of life!  The Easter Season is speeding by at an alarming rate!  We always make note, with a smile, how quickly Easter flies by, but how Lent marches on with a slow (and sometimes grueling) rate! We hope you enjoy the photos in this post as a glimpse into the latest ‘goings on’ at Our Lady of Solitude. In... Read More

405 Persevere in Running the Race

Future’s so bright, ya gotta wear shades! We have been getting messages from folks saying that, in the world of social media, today is “Thank a Nun Day”  (how fun!) , and so we want to extend our own “thank you” to all those who have been reaching out to thank us today! We want to add to the fun by “Thanking Seminarians” today! ... Read More

P1110965 Complain!?!

In a box of wonderful old books that a kind soul recently sent to us, there was paperback ‘inspiration’ booklet by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  In it I came across this treasure.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have: The Divine Healer by Archbishop Fulton Sheen God does not frown on your complaint. Did not His Mother in the Temple ask: “Son! Why hast thou... Read More

escwc Communion with Christ

“What did not lie in my plan lay in God’s plan.  And the more often such things happen to me, the more lively becomes in me the conviction of my faith that – from God’s point of view – nothing is accidental, that my entire life, even the most minute details, was pre-designed in the plans of divine providence and is thus for the all-seeing eye... Read More

Our Lady of Lourdes copy Join Us for May Crowning

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May! Join us for the May Crowning at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel on Sunday, May 3rd after the 10 a.m. Mass.  All children under 15 are welcome to bring a flower for Our Lady. After Mass, the children will process up to... Read More

P1110961 ASU Invasion

To you, who are at the beginning of the journey of life, I ask: have you thought about the talents that God has given you? Have you thought about how you can put them at the service of others? Don’t bury your talents! Bet on big ideals, those ideals that enlarge the heart, those ideals that will make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us so that we can keep it jealously... Read More

P1110847 Triduum and Easter Pics

Our celebration of the Sacred Triduum and Easter was blessed with many graces.  Enjoy the photos that Sr. John-Mark snapped throughout those Holy Days! Morning prayer on Good Friday Holy Saturday prayers to Our Lady of Solitude   Easter Vigil Photos Easter Morning He is risen as He promised, Alleluia!  Read More →

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