Desert Nuns
A Visit from the Colonnade

Mother Marie Andre and Sr. Marie St. Paul’s parents, Norman and Barbara Campbell, live in a wonderful retirement community (The Colonnade) in nearby Surprise AZ.  We were delighted to welcome a large group from the Colonnade as they came for a visit and tour of Our Lady of Solitude.  Enjoy these photos of the delightful morning!  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...]

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...]

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...]

“Gimme space!” vs. Making Space

Chiara and Enrico learned in a marvelous way how to make space for grace; and grace cannot wait to show us the marvels of what it can do.” Usually when I read a book, I plow through it, all the while writing down tons of quotes and putting sticky notes everywhere!  But this was not the case with Chiara Corbella Petrillo, A Witness to Joy.  I... [Read more...]

Corpus Christi Highlights

Devotion to the Sacred Heart should bring us to a life of intimate union with Jesus who, we know, is truly present and living in the Eucharist. The two devotions — to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist — are closely connected. They call upon one another and, we may even say, they require one another. The Sacred Heart explains the mystery of the... [Read more...]

Spreading the Good News

Would you consider becoming little missionaries for our Monastery  – and offering some hands on help to spread the good news about the Year of Consecrated Life and our Monastery?!? Here’s our plea: We recently had some new vocation brochures printed, as well as having about 300 extra Year of Consecrated Life compendiums and some Prayer... [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...]

Spring Photo Update

To catch you up with some of the goings on here at Our Lady of Solitude, enjoy a few Easter photos. Also below them you will find a slideshow of May Crowning photos from May 11th! It was a beautiful day, honoring Our Lady with a crowning, songs, and an act of consecration – as well as gratefully remembering our natural mothers on the celebration... [Read more...]

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