Desert Nuns

Discernment Retreats

duc1Duc In Altum  (Silent, Directed Discernment Retreat) These 3 day retreats are open to those young women between the ages of 21-35 who are discerning Religious Life and desiring a deeper experience of solitude, silence and contemplative prayer. Retreatants join the nuns for Mass, Divine Office, and Eucharistic Adoration. A priest is available throughout the retreat for spiritual direction and confession. Each day two talks will be given (one by duc2the priest director and one by Sr. Mary Fidelis), on such subjects as vocation, contemplative prayer, discernment, the Ignatian Rules of Discernment and the interior life. Due to the housing limitations, these retreats can have no more than 5 participants.

Please email Sr. Mary Fidelis if you would like to make a Duc In Altum Retreat at Our Lady of Solitude.

Upcoming Duc In Altum Retreat Dates

  • October 15th through October 18th, 2015
  • February 11th through February 14th, 2016

(Both retreats will be directed by Fr. Paul Sullivan, Vocation Director of the Diocese of Phoenix.  The first day of the retreat begins with Holy Mass @ 3 p.m. and concludes on the final day at approx. 1 p.m.)


Solitude and Service Day Parishes, schools or youth groups are encouraged to set up a Solitude and Service Day for the young ladies in their parish.   Suggested ages for such a day are young people between the ages of 18-35.  According to the current needs of the monastery a service project will be chosen, and the remainder of the day will be spend in prayer and fellowship.  Email Sr. Mary Fidelis for more information on how to begin to organize a Solitude and Service Day with PCPAs


Come and See  (A day of prayerful discernment with the Nuns)
The Come and See days are scheduled according to need. Locals parishes or schools are invited to contact us to arrange a day to bring out high school or college age women. Or if you are a local young lady who would like to experience a Come and See Day of Prayer, please contact Sr. Mary Fidelis to learn when the next Come and See is scheduled so you can join in. Due to limited space, we ask that each Come and See retreat have no more than 20 participants.

Sample Schedule for “Come and See” Days of Prayer
(can be adjusted to the needs of the group or school)
desertday10 a.m. Holy Mass
11 a.m. Introduction and Tour
11:30 p.m. Divine Office (Daytime Prayer) and Divine Mercy Chaplet with the Nuns
12:00 p.m. Lunch (pls bring your own bagged lunches)
2 p.m. Coffee Break
2:30 p.m. WHO ARE THE PCPAs?, followed by Q&A time
3:30 p.m. Eucharstic Adoration
4:30 p.m. Depart

If you are an individual interested in attending a Come and See Day or a Solitude and Service Day, please feel free to email Sr. Mary Fidelis to learn of any upcoming events that you are able to attend.

 “Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to Him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? And once again the Pope said: No! If we let Christ in to our lives, we LOSE NOTHING, NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. And so today, dear young people: DO NOT BE AFRAID OF CHRIST! He takes nothing away but give you EVERYTHING. When we give ourselves to Him, we receive a hundred-fold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ and you will find TRUE LIFE.” – Pope Benedict XVI