In the Eucharist Jesus thanks the Father with us and for us. How could this thanksgiving of Jesus fail to shape the life of a priest? He knows that he must cultivate a constant sense of gratitude for the many gifts he has received in the course of his life: in particular, for the gift of faith, which it is his task to proclaim, and for the gift of the priesthood, which consecrates him totally to the service of the Kingdom of God. We have our crosses to bear — and we are certainly not the only ones! — but the gifts we have received are so great that we cannot fail to sing from the depths of our hearts our own Magnificat.” – Blessed John Paul II
It is the special charism of our Foundress, Mother Marie St. Clare, to have a particular love and respect for the holy priesthood. As her daughters, we carry on her love through our prayers and sacrifices for priests. And now, to further this, we are offering a place of retreat for Priests at Our Lady of Solitude in Tonopah, Arizona.
The remote location of the Our Lady of Solitude allows for much solitude and silence. Many visitors comment that it is so quiet here that one can almost “hear” the silence. The priest retreatant will have an opportunity to enter deeply into this solitude and prayer with Our Lord.
- Open to priests, deacons, seminarians and religious brothers in good standing with their diocese/religious community who would like to make a private and silent retreat. For priests, a celebret card is required or a letter from your diocesan vicar of clergy.
- Our Chaplain, living an eremitical life here at Our Lady of Solitude is in permanent residence at Karol Kottage and is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Accommodations in the Karol Kottage – There are 4 bedrooms available for retreatants with full kitchen and laundry facilities. The Kottage is just steps away from Our Lady of Solitude Chapel. Named after St. John Paul II because of his great love for the Priesthood, this retreat house is meant to be a place of peace, silence, and renewal for all priests who visit.
- Each room is supplied with a bed, linens, comfortable chair, and writing desk
- Karol Kottage has a small library with a wide variety of reading material
- The pantry is stocked with breakfast, lunch and snack foods. The evening meal is prepared for retreatants by the nuns
- Short or extended retreats are welcome
- Karol Kottage lends itself well to Jesu Caritas Priest Support Groups looking for a place for fraternal time and prayer. Groups of priests may use the Guadalupe Room for meetings and get-togethers
- Areas are available near Our Lady of Solitude to hike and bike
- WiFi is available
- As we live over 1 hour from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, we ask that – when booking your airline flight – it arrives no later than 5 p.m. After scheduling your retreat, we will email you precise driving directions to the Monastery. GPS and all online direction services do not provide accurate directions
- Donations are appreciated