Desert Nuns
Our Holy Mother Clare, Pray for Us

“What a great and worthy exchange – To leave the things of time for those of eternity, To choose the things of heaven for the goods of earth, To receive the hundred-fold in place of the one. And to possess a blessed and eternal life.” The Novena to St. Clare begins today (Providentially, the novena begins on the very day when... [Read more...]

Come away to a lonely place…and rest for awhile

Dear Blogging Family, It’s been a long while since I posted a blog!  Time just marches on…  Thankfully I am able to steal a few moments today to share with you a very important part of our life here at Our Lady of Solitude: Priest Retreats!  Upon moving to Tonopah, we were able to build a small retreat house for priests: Karol Kottage. ... [Read more...]

Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime!

Yes, when it reaches 105 in our little neck of the woods, then we know it’s officially SUMMERTIME! Another sure sign that summer is here is that the flys are out in force, testing even those with Job-like patience! To all of you who are going on summer vacation, ENJOY!  And know that we are praying for your safety in travel and we are asking... [Read more...]

Von Hildebrand’s Transformation in Christ

A meditation from Sr. Mary Fidelis on Von Hildebrand’s TRANSFORMATION in CHRIST: One of my favorite books to come back to again and again is Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Transformation in Christ. Here is a sampling of the chapter titles: Contrition, True Simplicity, True Freedom, Holy Patience, Holy Mercy, True Surrender of Self. But the... [Read more...]

Local Mass of Thankgiving Snapshots

On Saturday, May 28th, Fr. Billy Kosco celebrated a local Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Solitude for those from the Tonopah/Buckeye area.  It was a joyful day spent giving thanks to God for choosing Tonopah as the place for our monastery.  Here in this ‘out of the way’ place Our Lord is very near!  He is reining gloriously from... [Read more...]

EWTN Youtube of Chapel Dedication!

To all those who made inquiries: as far as I know, EWTN is not offering a dvd of the dedication for purchase. However, if that changes we will let you know. In the meantime, here is the youtube version.  ENJOY!  Click here to read the text of Bishop Olmsted’s homily  Read More →

Plank Owners

ON MAY 7th, 2011 – OUR LADY OF SOLITUDE CHAPEL WAS SOLEMNLY CONSECRATED.  ALLELUIA!!! A friend of ours whose husband is a naval captain compared the dedication of the Chapel to ‘a ship coming to life’.  And this is a very good comparison.  The rite of the dedication of a church is rich with symbolism and beauty.   For about... [Read more...]

Public Mass Schedule

At long last, Our Lady of Solitude Chapel will be dedication on Saturday, May 7th, and thereafter will be open to the public.  The actual Dedication Mass, due to very limited room in the Chapel, is by invitation only!  But have no fear, EWTN is televising it LIVE – so set your TiVo and be sure to tune in. There will be other opportunities to... [Read more...]

BLESSED John Paul II, We Love You

As we were packing up our things and preparing to begin this new foundation 6 years ago, the Lord called Pope John Paul II home.  It seems like only yesterday that we heard that our beloved JPII had taken a turn for the worst.  We all remember where we were when we heard that he died.  For many, they never knew another Pope – so long (and blessed)... [Read more...]

The Humanness of It All

Our THANKS to our dear friend, Fr. Fred Adamson, for celebrating Holy Week and Easter with us!!! There is something in the human heart that rejoices in solemnity – the pomp and circumstance that properly marks certain liturgical feasts and life-moments.  Simultaneously, there is also something in the human heart that rejoices when such... [Read more...]

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