Desert Nuns

Year of Consecrated Life

The Legacy of Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

The flu has visited our community, inviting some of us to a different sort of Lenten penance than originally planned. I spent the greater part of my own ‘forced retreat’ with some good friends, just catching up. Yes, St. Therese and Pope St. John XXIII were happy to keep me company, being... [Read more...]

The 7 Penitential Psalms

“From my own experience I can certainly say that these seven psalms, though not all equally, are one of God’s greatest gifts in keeping us in touch with a true sorrow for sin and in giving us the words we need to pierce through the haziness of self-justification.” – Mother Maureen... [Read more...]

Open House Photos

On February 8th, we invited all to come and see Our Lady of Solitude Monastery Chapel!  To celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, we had an open house, tour and reception.  The day far exceeded our hopes!  People from all over the Valley joined us.  It was simply glorious.  With a Chapel FULL of... [Read more...]

Spreading the Good News

Would you consider becoming little missionaries for our Monastery  – and offering some hands on help to spread the good news about the Year of Consecrated Life and our Monastery?!? Here’s our plea: We recently had some new vocation brochures printed, as well as having about 300 extra Year... [Read more...]

Following the Light

Epiphany House Blessing 2015 “By the example of the Magi, with our little lights, may we seek the Light.” – Pope Francis Over the years, I’ve found that the most popular question from a discerner to a vocation directress/director is: “What’s your story?” Perhaps... [Read more...]

Unity in Diversity

Sr. Marie Andre at Matins on Christmas Eve One of the most beautiful dimensions of Religious Life is community.  And it can also be full of challenges as well! Pope Francis wisely spoke thus (which, no doubt, can be applied to family life, as well): “From experience I know that community life... [Read more...]

Perfect JOY and the Consecrated Life

The consecrated life will not flourish as a result of brilliant vocation programs, but because the young people we meet find us attractive, because they see us as men and women who are happy!” – Pope Francis Enjoying a visit with Sr. Anthony Mary, R.S.M., the new director of the Office of... [Read more...]

Am I not the source of your joy?

    Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy?” – Our Lady to Juan Diego   Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She is the Protectress of the Americas and the Unborn, and the Patroness of the Diocese of Phoenix.  She is our... [Read more...]

Put Christ at the Center of Your Existence

We were blessed to kick off the Year for Consecrated Life with Mass celebrated by our beloved Bishop here at Our Lady of Solitude!  His homily highlighted how Advent is a time of HOPE!  The heart of each consecrated person is to be a dwelling place of hope as well.  It is not about ‘wishing’... [Read more...]

Year of Consecrated Life

  Every vocation, even within the variety of paths, always requires an exodus from oneself in order to center one’s life on Christ and on his Gospel…. We must surmount the ways of thinking and acting that do not conform to the will of God. It is an exodus that leads us on a journey of adoration... [Read more...]

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