Desert Nuns
This-n-That

Here at the Monastery things have been rather busy!  Earlier this month we were blessed to have Jennifer join us from the San Francisco area.  She is doing her candidacy with us now (a  3 month live-in discernment period).  Do keep her in your prayers, as she discerns and experiences our life at PCPAs. Last weekend we were blessed with a visit from... [Read more...]

And the greatest of these is…

Love. I’ve been slowly making my way through  The Hidden Life from the Collected Words of Edith Stein. Quite uncharacteristically and quite providentially, I actually read the editor’s introduction.  And I came across a lil’ gem: Edith Stein possessed this gift that Gabriel Marcel appropriately calls ‘creative fidelity,’... [Read more...]

NEW Stained Glass Windows Video!!!!!

On October 11th, all of the remaining Saint windows were installed in the Chapel.  It is simply incredible.  For all of you native Phoenicians, make the trek to Tonopah to see them in person!  It is quite a glorious sight. We extend our sincere thanks to each and every donor who made these windows possible.  Kudos to Bovard Studios for their excellent... [Read more...]

Have a Beefsteak!

Your intentions were remembered during the St. Francis Novena Truth be told: Pope Francis delights me. And he challenges me. And he encourages me to go beyond my comfort zone – way beyond my comfort zone. When I read his homilies and addresses, I sense the Spirit not only moving, but shaking things up within me.  And that can be scary (and a... [Read more...]

Contemplatives and the New Evangelization

I want to be an apostle like you, from the heart of my dear solitude. I want to work for the glory of God, and that means I MUST BE FILLED WITH HIM.” (Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, Letter to a priest, June 22, 1902) One of my duties is to go grocery shopping each week. Our local grocery store is chock-full of wonderful people, many of whom... [Read more...]

The Moon, Delight, and Dr. Pepper

During a recent family visit, I had the unique experience of watching my 2 1/2 year old niece drink a Dr. Pepper.  My brother opened it for her and she took the shiny can in her hand and looked like her excitement was going to brim over.  She took a sip with a huge smile on her face.  Then the carbonated deliciousness made it’s way down from... [Read more...]

St. Francis of Assisi Novena

We are gearing up to begin the Novena to Our Holy Father Francis from Sept. 25th through Oct. 3rd, in preparation for his Feast Day on the 4th.  Please send us your petitions so that we can remember them during the novena.  The intentions that you send to us will be printed and placed in our chapel near the statue of St. Francis during the Novena. Let... [Read more...]

E-Newsletters and Living Stones

E-Newsletter Subscribe For quite awhile now, many of our friends have encouraged us to send email updates.  So many of our supporters send us their email addresses for that very purpose – ‘in case you ever decide to send e-updates’ and so on.  At long last, we’ve begun…not one E-Newsletter, but TWO!!! DESERT NUN NEWS... [Read more...]

Jesus Caritas…

Enjoy the latest photos of the Bl. Charles de Foucauld window.  Bovard Studios is still projecting that the install date for ALL the remaining windows will be sometime in October!  HOW EXCITING!!!  Read More →

Star Gazing

Sr. John-Mark and Sr. Tara singing their latest hit: “We All Live in a Mon-a-stery”, set to “We all live in a yellow submarine.’ How grateful we are for the gift of humor! Living in the desert of Tonopah, AZ has many perks, and one of the greatest has to be the night sky. And so, after a bit of community recreation in honor of... [Read more...]

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