Desert Nuns
Consecrated Life is Beautiful

Once again, we have to ask ourselves: Is Jesus really our first and only love, as we promised he would be when we professed our vows? Only if he is, will we be empowered to love, in truth and mercy, every person who crosses our path. For we will have learned from Jesus the meaning and practice of love. We will be able to love because we have his own... [Read more...]

Happy Anniversary, Our Lady of Solitude Chapel

Four years ago today, our beautiful Chapel was solemnly dedicated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted!  As we celebrate this great Solemnity and Anniversary today, we give thanks to this beautiful lady pictured to the right, Mrs. Connie Basha Vitale, and to her deceased sister Camille Basha!  And we extend our thanks to all of our other benefactors as well,... [Read more...]

May Flowers

Spring here at the Monastery has been peaceful, joyful and full of life!  The Easter Season is speeding by at an alarming rate!  We always make note, with a smile, how quickly Easter flies by, but how Lent marches on with a slow (and sometimes grueling) rate! We hope you enjoy the photos in this post as a glimpse into the latest ‘goings on’... [Read more...]

Join Us for May Crowning

O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May! Join us for the May Crowning at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel on Sunday, May 3rd after the 10 a.m. Mass.  All children under 15 are welcome to bring a flower for Our Lady. After Mass, the children... [Read more...]

Triduum and Easter Pics

Our celebration of the Sacred Triduum and Easter was blessed with many graces.  Enjoy the photos that Sr. John-Mark snapped throughout those Holy Days! Morning prayer on Good Friday Holy Saturday prayers to Our Lady of Solitude   Easter Vigil Photos Easter Morning He is risen as He promised, Alleluia!  Read More →

Sacred Triduum Schedule

Let us allow ourselves to be touched by this love, to be transformed, so that the resurrection may really be realized in us. I invite you, therefore, to live the Paschal Triduum intensely.” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI You are invited to join us as we celebrate the Sacred Triduum and Easter at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel: Holy Thursday... [Read more...]

Solidarity of His Love

     What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of His love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is His taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. – Pope Francis This Lent has brought many visitors to Our Lady of Solitude... [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 wonderful folks, we prayed together, celebrated... [Read more...]

Feb. 8th – Holy Mass and Open House

Got plans on Sunday, February 8th? Why not come on out to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life with us?!? The day begins with Holy Mass at 9 a.m.  Following Mass there will be a light reception, meet and greet with the Nuns, and a unique tour of the future cloistered areas of the Chapel!  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 is not always easy, but it is a providential training... [Read more...]

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