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Newly Ordained Fr. John Parks Video

As promised, we have a few pics/video of Fr. Parks Mass at Our Lady of Solitude Monastery this morning.  Hope you enjoy it!  Keep Fr. Parks, Fr. Henry, and Fr. King – the newly ordained priests of Phoenix – in your prayers!  Read More →

Year for Priests…Coming to a Close

St. Therese, Pray for Priests The Year for Priests is already coming to a close.  It’s hard to believe how quickly it went.  Fr. Muir gave his final talk for this Year at the end of May.  Be sure to listen to it.  It is wonderful – highlighting the complementarity of consecrated souls and priests.  And the need for consecrated... [Read more...]

Easter 2010

Easter at Our Lady of Solitude was awesome.  Below is a sneak peak into our Easter Triduum.  I hope you enjoy it.  More to come soon!  Read More →

Holy Thursday in the Year for Priests

In gratitude for the gift of the Priesthood Fr. Leo, CFR, bestowing his priestly blessing “We pray that by growing each day in fidelity and love for Christ, [priests] will be messengers of hope, reconciliation and peace in the midst of their brothers and sisters” – Pope Benedict XVI, March 31, 2010 Messengers of Hope How... [Read more...]

And so it continues…

Can you believe it!  YES!  Just as Haydon promised, the Chapel is coming ‘out of the ground’ by Christmas.  There it is, right before our very eyes.  What you see to the left is the west wall of the Chapel.  It’s wonderful to begin to get a visual of how tall it will be – the very tip top of the cross that sits atop the... [Read more...]

August activities

Usually the month of August is a time for Phoenicians to escape the heat, but we were blessed with an influx of visitors. Fr. Kline and his good friend, Fr. Dandurand from the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, came for a week retreat at the beginning of the month. Br. Francis, CFR enjoyed the sites, sounds, and critters of the desert, his first time to the... [Read more...]

Fr. Mariusz

Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Angels! This past week we were blessed to have a visit from Fr. Mariusz, Fr. Leo, and Fr. Gabriel, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal — the men in gray. Fr. Mariusz is celebrating his fortieth anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood this year (in conjunction with the Year for Priests), so we threw him a little... [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads and spiritual Fathers! To welcome in the Year of the Priest, we are going to share stories and books on amazing priests who have touched our lives in some manner. Father Willie Doyle was an Irish Jesuit who became an Army Chaplain in World War I. He died at the age of 44 on the plains of Ypres, Belgium, August... [Read more...]

And so the YEAR OF THE PRIEST begins!

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Year of the Priest

(Sr. St. Paul and Sr. Fidelis with the new Bishop of Gallup, NM – our good friend Bishop-elect James Wall.  We ask that keep him in your prayers as his episcopal ordination is on April 23, 2009) Recently Pope Benedict XVI announced the Year of the Priest – to begin on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, June 19, 2009.  This news came... [Read more...]