Desert Nuns
Lenten Meatless Meal Alms, Week III

This week’s meal “alms” is a real treat – a very monastic one at that!  Soup and bread.  It’s a mainstay here.  I’d say, if I have a specialty, it is soup!  Perhaps I get that from my mom who makes the best bowl of soup in Pennsylvania!  Lentil Lenten Chili Lent wouldn’t be Lent without... [Read more...]

Lenten Meatless Meal Plan, Week II

Here is our 2nd Meatless Meal Plan Alms…We hope you enjoy it 🙂 With the special St. Patrick’s day dispensation for all the “Phoenix Pholk” from our beloved Bishop this year, I went back and forth as to whether I should post a “meat and potato” Irish recipe…OR…stick with the meatless meal plan. ... [Read more...]

Queen Esther and the Contemplative Mission

In order to escape death, it is not enough to be in the king’s house; Queen Esther cannot disown her race, she must labour to save it if she desires to secure her own safety.”  – Abbess Cecile Bruyere Reading through the book of Esther is moving on many levels…it’s an intriguing story with the twists and turns and... [Read more...]

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...]

It’s Nun Run Time!

It is that wonderful time of year when we host our largest fundraising event of the year: THE NUN RUN!  8th year running…on March 4th @ Kiwanis Park in Tempe…10K, 5K, 1mi, and Silent Auction.  This year the Nun Run is presented by our title sponsors Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Homes of Phoenix.  A big shout out to them... [Read more...]

A Spring Update

Spring in the desert has been beautiful, blessed, and busy! Things started getting busy with the Nun Run and are only now beginning to slow down!  Speaking of the Nun Run, we recently uploaded about 50 photos – more will be added over the next few days.  Check them out!  With over 900 participants, it was another successful Nun Run –... [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...]

That’s What Love Does

I have a charmingly mischievous 4-year-old niece who is queen of the unexpected! Recently, after she left my parents’ house, my mom found a band-aid on her crucifix. Right there on Jesus’ upper arm was placed a small band-aid. It was a spontaneous and loving gesture from the pure heart of a child.  Perhaps it was her way of saying: “I’m sorry... [Read more...]

The 7 Penitential Psalms

“From my own experience I can certainly say that these seven psalms, though not all equally, are one of God’s greatest gifts in keeping us in touch with a true sorrow for sin and in giving us the words we need to pierce through the haziness of self-justification.” – Mother Maureen McCabe Late last year, I was bless to find this... [Read more...]

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