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    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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Lenten Meatless Meal Alms, Week III

This week’s meal “alms” is a real treat – a very monastic one at that!  Soup and bread.  It’s a mainstay here.  I’d say, if I have a specialty, it is soup!  Perhaps I get that from my mom who makes the best bowl of soup in Pennsylvania!  Lentil Lenten Chili Lent wouldn’t be Lent without a hearty supply of lentils. ... Read More

A Visit from the Colonnade

Mother Marie Andre and Sr. Marie St. Paul’s parents, Norman and Barbara Campbell, live in a wonderful retirement community (The Colonnade) in nearby Surprise AZ.  We were delighted to welcome a large group from the Colonnade as they came for a visit and tour of Our Lady of Solitude.  Enjoy these photos of the delightful morning!  Read More →

Lenten Meatless Meal Plan, Week II

Here is our 2nd Meatless Meal Plan Alms…We hope you enjoy it 🙂 With the special St. Patrick’s day dispensation for all the “Phoenix Pholk” from our beloved Bishop this year, I went back and forth as to whether I should post a “meat and potato” Irish recipe…OR…stick with the meatless meal plan.  Since I don’t have... Read More

Queen Esther and the Contemplative Mission

In order to escape death, it is not enough to be in the king’s house; Queen Esther cannot disown her race, she must labour to save it if she desires to secure her own safety.”  – Abbess Cecile Bruyere Reading through the book of Esther is moving on many levels…it’s an intriguing story with the twists and turns and triumphs and tragedies. ... Read More

Monastery Lenten Meal Idea, Week I

Several folks have asked me for some good, healthy meatless meal ideas from the Monastery for Lent this year!  When it comes to eating meatless, we’ve got a wealth of recipe ideas – as we abstain from meat for the whole of Lent and Advent, as well as Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays the rest of the year.  So this is a little “Lenten Alms”... Read More

Silent Auction Preview

The 8th Annual Nun Run *Presented by Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes of Phoenix* is just days away (have you registered yet?)…on March 4th, 2017 @ Kiwanis Park in Tempe AZ.  This year, for the first time, we will also have a silent auction and raffle at the race venue.  So even if you are not able to participate in the actual Race, come on out, say hello... Read More

It’s Nun Run Time!

It is that wonderful time of year when we host our largest fundraising event of the year: THE NUN RUN!  8th year running…on March 4th @ Kiwanis Park in Tempe…10K, 5K, 1mi, and Silent Auction.  This year the Nun Run is presented by our title sponsors Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes of Phoenix.  A big shout out to them and to all of our wonderful... Read More

Video from Sr. John-Mark’s Profession

Enjoy this video from Sr. John-Mark’s Perpetual Profession on December 12th, 2016! It was a most glorious day as evidenced in the photos! A special word of thanks to John Bering for the glorious photos! And another word of thanks to the wonderful folks at Papercastle Records for providing the beautiful and moving music (Starlight – written by the Cathedral of the... Read More

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