“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!
In years gone by, my Uncle Phil could dance a mean polka. When I was a “youngun”, my mom taught me how to polka and we would dance around the house from the kitchen to the family room…1, 2, 3, 4; 1, 2, 3, 4. Over and over again. Then came reckoning day – my cousin’s wedding. At the reception, the polka music started and... Read More
It’s hard to believe this is the last installment of these Meatless Meal Plan Alms! I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
I’m ending with my favorite Lentil soup. This is one of those go to meals for me – when I have a full day ahead and no time to cook! It just takes a few minutes to throw together (you could even combine all the ingredients... Read More
Holy Week & Easter Schedule
Palm Sunday Mass – 9 a.m.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 5 p.m.
Stations of the Cross – 11 a.m.*
Celebration of the Passion of the Lord – 3 p.m.
Holy Saturday** (Devotion to Our Lady of Solitude) – 9 a.m.*
Easter Vigil Mass – 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday Mass – 9 a.m.
*Both... Read More
Many moons ago, ASU students visited for day of discernment and prayer. I was able to make them a home-cooked lunch…namely Pumpkin Mac-n-Cheese. However, by the time they were ready for lunch, it had been sitting in the oven for quite some time and looked miserably dried out.
But you gotta love college kids! True to form, these hungry students... Read More
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
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!
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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
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