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 →

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...]

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...]

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...]

Upcoming Healing Service

“With confidence, tell the Madonna and her son Jesus about your expectations, your hopes, your joys and your sufferings, and trust in the help of Jesus and the support of Mary.” – Pope Francis Mark your calendars and please plan on joining us… To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to honor Our Lady of Lourdes, we will be... [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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