Desert Nuns
Grooming Grace by Fergus

Fergus before “the summer cut” Sr. Augusta’s Clothing Ceremony, A Refelction by Fergus, the West Highland Terrier   It’s getting hot here in Arizona, so at the end of May, the Sisters decided it was time for the “summer cut”.  NOOOO!  Not the dreaded summer cut: Bye bye westie fluffy adorableness, hello ‘rat... [Read more...]

Clawing at Grace

Recently I had an intriguing conversation with a friend.  We were talking about struggle, and how with struggle there is also an outpouring of grace. She said something to this effect: “Ah grace!…I’m clawing at it!” Here is our postulant Jennifer with good ole Fergie! He is infamous for “clawing” at our hands when... [Read more...]

Farewell Sweet P

                    So many of our blog readers often inquire about our two Westies, Percy and Fergus. And so we have some very sad news to share: On November 26th, Percy got quite suddenly seriously ill, and on November 28th he died. He was an amazing dog…and we miss him like crazy and are still in... [Read more...]

Following the Star

Since before Christmas the Magi have been traveling down our long hall, following the star toward the Chapel. Fergus is enthralled with their journey, as you can see! In our Chapel, the door of the Tabernacle is adorned with the scene of the Adoration of the Magi. There Our Lady holds the Christ Child, with St. Joseph standing near, as the Magi present... [Read more...]

From pesky flies, O Lord, deliver us

R&R for Fergus It’s been an interesting few days here at Our Lady of Solitude with our 2 wild westies.  Last Friday morning ended up being a bit traumatic as Fergus awoke from sleep screaming in pain. Ends up, we think he strained a muscle.  (side note: he is back to 100% today). But on Saturday night, Ferg was still on the slow road to... [Read more...]

A Fall Foto Blog

There has been so much going on here at OLS that I’ve decided to tell all the stories via photos! Unfortunately one event when totally unphotographed by the nuns.  Yes, much to my chagrin, I didn’t take one single photo at the beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop James Wall on September 24th.  To be honest, I was so excited... [Read more...]

Is everything sad going to come untrue?

Tonight at dinner, the Sisters were talking and enjoying each other’s company.  We weren’t talking about anything of great import.  Nor were we solving the world’s problems.  We were just enjoying each other.  And laughing. Sr. Marie Andre was sharing Winston Churchill’s famous quote (which sums up her whole being): “Keep... [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe that it is already Thanksgiving!  We hope and pray that you and your family have a very blessed day of gratitude and joy.  We will be celebrating our first Thanksgiving in Tonopah.  Since entering the Monastery (for many of us that was about 15 years ago), we have celebrated Thanksgiving with our dear priest friends from... [Read more...]

Visitors, Packing, Excitement

For some odd reason, we get a lot of visitors in the Summer.  We’re so grateful – but we pity them having to bear with the Arizona heat!  We feel like we are natives now – even spending some time outside in the habit in 115 degree heat.  Honestly, dry heat really is much easier to bear than humidity! Fr. John Caulfield, our ever... [Read more...]

stone, precast, westies

This photo is deserving of a great and humorous caption! Just looking at it, makes me smile!Joe’s posture makes me think he is givingSr. Esther Marie a hard time. No…not Joe (smile, smile). Last Thursday we traveled to Tonopah to see the construction progress and meet with our trusty construction crew.  All I can say is: WOW. ... [Read more...]

Next Page »