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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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Let the Lord Lead

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

Lenten Meatless Meal Alms, Week V

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 and Easter Schedule

Holy Week & Easter Schedule Palm Sunday Mass – 9 a.m. Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 5 p.m. Good Friday 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

Lenten Meatless Meal Plan Alms, Week IV

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

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

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