P1150607Things 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 blossoms the fairest” to Our Sweet Mother.  P1150602  P1150612







Notre Dame Prep: Fr. John Parks brought a wonderful group of students from Notre Dame Prep to spend the day at Our Lady of Solitude.  They enjoyed a talk by Sr. John-Mark as well as time for prayer and to enjoy the silence and solitude!  Seeing these faith-filled young ladies instills such hope in our hearts!  “The Church is alive and the Church is young!”


Rogation Days: Each year around the Feast of the Ascension, we celebrate 3 days of communal prayer (known as Rogation Days), complete with procession around the grounds and prayers for a fruitful harvest and protection.   P1150622


Communal Retreat:  We were blessed to have Fr. Mariusz Koch, CFR preach our canonical retreat this year.  He is a long-time and much loved friend to our community.  As an added bonus, we were able to renew our vows (as is our custom on Trinity Sunday) right in the midst of our retreat.  We are so grateful for those days of spiritual renewal and grace.

Fare Thee Well, Friend: Sr. Augusta Mary discerned that she was not called to live our contemplative way of life.  She returned to her home in early June.  Please keep her  in your prayers during this time of transition.

P1160079P1160085Corpus Christi: The great Solemnity of Corpus Christi is one of the “big” feast days for our Order – we are totally dedicated to Eucharistic Adoration.  Our simple procession was simply beautiful…”Ecce Panis Angelorum…”

6 Month Mark:  As of June 12, Sr. John-Mark Maria reached the 6 month count down before her Perpetual Profession of Holy Vows, which is scheduled for Dec. 12, 2016, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  We are so excited and happy for Sister as she nears this beautiful day of life-long commitment to our Beloved Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us support her with our prayers as the Lord makes her soul ready for Himself!

P1160099Priest Week: A big part of our intercessory prayer is for priests – as is the custom in our Order.  We recently inaugurated a Priest Week Intercession Prayer Board that is placed outside our in-house Adoration Chapel.  Every Saturday we place the names of all those priests who have asked for our prayers through the course of the week – and we intercede for them, by name, for the coming week.  If you would like to ask prayers for a specific priest (or if you are a priest who would like to ask prayers for a specific intention/time), please let us know via this online form.

Despite the ‘busyness’, there have been many quiet moments to contemplate the goodness of the Lord with grateful hearts…for nun and dog and lizard alike 🙂