Desert Nuns
Monastery Lenten Meal Idea, Week I

Several folks have asked me for some good, healthy meatless meal ideas from the Monastery for Lent this year!  When it comes to eating meatless, we’ve got a wealth of recipe ideas – as we abstain from meat for the whole of Lent and Advent, as well as Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays the rest of the year.  So this is... [Read more...]

Silent Auction Preview

The 8th Annual Nun Run *Presented by Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes of Phoenix* is just days away (have you registered yet?)…on March 4th, 2017 @ Kiwanis Park in Tempe AZ.  This year, for the first time, we will also have a silent auction and raffle at the race venue.  So even if you are not able to participate in the actual Race,... [Read more...]

Video from Sr. John-Mark’s Profession

Enjoy this video from Sr. John-Mark’s Perpetual Profession on December 12th, 2016! It was a most glorious day as evidenced in the photos! A special word of thanks to John Bering for the glorious photos! And another word of thanks to the wonderful folks at Papercastle Records for providing the beautiful and moving music (Starlight – written... [Read more...]

Radiant Bride of Christ

With high praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, we are happy to share with you that on December 12, 2016, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria became a perpetually professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration. Our much beloved Bishop Olmsted celebrated the Mass of Profession along with Bishop Nevares and over a dozen priest friends... [Read more...]

Little Poor Man of Assisi

On Sunday, September 25th, the Novena to St. Francis will begin.  Pray it with us and/or send us  your intentions for the Novena via the form at the bottom of this post. Also, all are invited to join us as we celebrate the Feast Day of this Little Poor Man of Assisi at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel: Monday, October 3rd @ 5 p.m. – the Transitus... [Read more...]

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. -GK Chesterton Ever since I was a little girl (and my brother freed me from those cumbersome training wheels) I have always loved a nice long bike ride – the peace, quiet, wind in my hair (or now in my veil!) and the open road. I was probably about 8 years old when my parents gave me the green... [Read more...]

This, That, & the Other Thing

Things here at Our Lady of Solitude have been quite busy!  So this is a “catch-up” blog, reaching as far back as May!  My heavens! – where has the time gone?!?! May Crowning:  May Crowning is always such a beautiful day and this year was no exception.  Some of our local Tonopah children brought “flowers of the rarest and... [Read more...]

“You Are A Priest Forever…”

To devote ourselves to Jesus in the Eucharist, to the Church, to the interests of the glory of God, to the extension of the Kingdom of Our Lord, these are our duties. And do not say that, because of our humility, it is too great a vocation. As adoring souls, we must lead all souls to Jesus, but principally the souls of Priests. In our holy Constitutions,... [Read more...]

2 Peas in a Pod: St. Francis and Pope Francis

The message of Jesus is mercy.  For me, and I say this with humility, it is the Lord’s strongest message.” – Pope Francis In the life of St. Francis of Assisi, we see how the Mercy of God met him in his darkest hours.  Not only meeting him, but redeeming him, transforming him, filling him with hope and life.  And, from the grace... [Read more...]

Advent Photo Update

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great... [Read more...]

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