Desert Nuns
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...]

Blessings Abound

For many years now we’ve been blessed in our friendship with Fr. Jim Parker from the diocese of Rockford, IL.  Though, due to his responsibilities as Pastor, he can’t make it out to see us as often as we’d like, we enjoy his visits immensely when he can squeeze in a trip to the desert.  And during his time here, we put him to work. ... [Read more...]

A Fence, Some Shade, and Lots of People

For the past few months, there has been much going on in way of site improvements!  The most significant is an enclosure fence around the perimeter of the property.  For years this fence has been the constant refrain of our prayers – and now…it is in place and looks WONDERFUL!  The remaining portion of the actual enclosure demarcation... [Read more...]

When the Saints come marchin’ in…

We have some absolutely incredible news…ready? OK!  – All of the remaining stained glass windows are currently in production…AND…all of them (EXCEPT for St. Kateri – see below for more details on that) are completely financed.  We would like to offer our HEARTY THANKS to all of you wonderful donors out there, who helped... [Read more...]

Receiving with Thanks

Growing up in the ‘country’, sharing garden vegetables was as much a part of summer as swimming, picnics, and road trips!  Whatever our garden produced, we shared with neighbors and cousins.  And it was a two way street! Zucchini, tomatoes, peas, green onions, berries – whatever anyone’s garden produced, the whole neighborhood... [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...]

Touch of the Eternal

“The Cross is the most profound condescension of God to man . . . The Cross is like a touch of eternal love upon the most painful wounds of man’s existence”  (Pope John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia) THE PHOENIX – to the right you see the cloistered portion of the reredos with an awesome wood-carved Phoenix.  Before moving... [Read more...]

Finders Seekers

Those who have found in Jesus the truth, joy and beauty which give meaning and direction to their lives will naturally desire to bring this grace to others. Undaunted by the presence of difficulties, or the enormity of the task at hand, they will trust in the mysterious presence of the Holy Spirit who is always at work in the hearts of individuals,... [Read more...]

WOWZERS!

The reredos are being installed.  And it is beautiful to behold!  Check out this link for more photos!  Will keep you posted as progress continues!  Read More →

Monsoon Season

It is definitely monsoon season in the desert.  We’ve had cloudy skies, rain, and cool temps (OK, ‘cool’ is a relative term.  It was under 100 degress – so that’s cool).  Sr. John-Mark and I were taking the puppies out last night, and she made a bold statement: “Wow, the breeze is actually cool.”  Again,... [Read more...]

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