Desert Nuns

About Us

Franciscan Contemplative Eucharistic Adorers

under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception
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Welcome
to the website of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (PCPA) of Our Lady of Solitude in Tonopah, Arizona (located about an hour West of Phoenix).

  • Our Foundation of PCPAs began in May 2005 – as five Sisters from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery (OLAM) set out from our home there in Alabama to begin the first foundation from OLAM in the beautiful Arizona desert
  • We are a cloistered community of contemplative nuns whose main apostolate is Eucharistic Adoration in a spirit of reparative thanksgiving

IMG_0646Mother Marie of St. Claire, once said: “We are adorers of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the purpose of our adoration is thanksgiving.”

Essentially, we begin to do on earth what every blessed soul will do for all eternity: praise, adore, and offer thanksgiving to our God.

Our life and the life of every contemplative Religious is to be lived in the Heart of the Church…intimately united in a profound solidarity with the Church and Her saving mission. Our cloistered life affords us the opportunity to “supply the ammunition of prayer” to all those priests, missionaries, and active Order Religious throughout the entire world who are stationed on the “front lines.”

clare_aboutMother Marie of St. Clare described this aspect of our vocation in the following way: “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 told that we must not be content with our own sanctification, but we must make it our business to pray for the missionaries. All those who have the care of souls should be the object of our supplication. To reach sinners, holy Priests are needed; to direct chosen souls, holy Priests are needed; and for us too, for the fervor of our little Community, holy Priests are needed. Finally, who will give us Jesus in the Sacrament of Love if not the Priest?”

It is precisely in this life of hidden prayer that the contemplative is a missionary – consumed with a burning desire for the salvation AND sanctification of souls. In this way “the little world of our enclosure” opens up to vast horizons of hope!

Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, sums up the meaning of our vocation so well: “A monastery is a true ‘powerhouse’ of spiritual energy that is nourished at the source of contemplation, after the example of prayer to which Jesus devoted Himself in solitude, immersing Himself totally in dialogue with God the Father, to draw the necessary strength for His saving mission. The Church prolongs Christ’s mission in time: among the many charisms which enrich Her, She also cherishes the very precious one of the contemplative life, cultivated in monasteries, as a response to the absolute love of God Who in the Incarnate Word united Himself to humanity in an eternal and unbreakable bond. Monasteries of women express the exclusive union of the Church with Christ Her Bridegroom with particular eloquence, reliving the experience of Mary, the Virgin of silence and listening.”

It is this silence and listening spirit that we hope to cultivate in our hidden life of prayer and sacrifice.

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