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Tonopah, Arizona: Our Lady of Solitude Monastery

About Our Lady of Solitude Monastery:

Aptly named, Our Lady of Solitude Monastery is located about 45 miles west of Phoenix, in an area of natural beauty.

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (PCPA) of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery in Tonopah, is a Franciscan contemplative order, Adorers of the Most Blessed Sacrament, specifically consecrated to offer Jesus continual adoration in a spirit of reparative thanksgiving.

It is from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama that the Sisters came to the Diocese of Phoenix in 2005 at the invitation of Bishop Thomas Olmsted.

About the Chapel:

The Chapel is open for prayer to visitors and they hope that you will experience the peace and love of Our Eucharistic Lord.

Daily Mass at Our Lady of Solitude Chapel is at 8:00 a.m. on Monday through Saturday. Sunday Mass is at 9:00 a.m.

The Sisters are not available….and the Chapel is closed….daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open again from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  You are invited to send your prayer requests, or attend a retreat.  See their website for details.


About the Monastery:

Ground breaking for the Monastery of Our lady of Solitude in Tonaph, Arizona
The groundbreaking in 2020

With the completion of their Chapel in 2010, they now move toward the construction of their monastery building.  The groundbreaking took place in early 2020.

Moving forward, they ask for your continued support to complete the building, furnish the monastery, restore and place 5 antique stained glass windows (that will be viewable by the public), as well as to continue landscaping their desert wilds.

About their retreats:

Individuals or small groups are invited to come to Our Lady of Solitude Chapel for a day of prayer, solitude and silence. Retreatants are invited to join the nuns for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

They do not have overnight facilities for retreats for the laity.
They do not host couples’ retreats. Please see the Diocese of Phoenix for Marriage Encounter and other such retreats.

Those who would like may reserve Guadalupe Room for their use Monday through Thursday, and Saturday. The Guadalupe Room is equipped with mini-refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, 2 sofas and dining table (seats 5-6). The room comfortably fits as many as 10 guests. Guests are invited to bring a packed lunch – coffee, tea and water are provided. A dining table is available in the Guadalupe Room.  They also have an outdoor picnic area that seats approximately 40 people.

They do not host desert days or retreats on Sundays or Fridays.  The Chapel will be available for retreatants until 4 p.m.

Reservations for Desert Days of Prayer can be requested via the form on their website.

Donations are appreciated.

Because this is  a Monastery (and thus does not function as a normal parish church), their Chapel is not able to be used for the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, or Matrimony. These must be prepared for and received in your own parish church.

There is also a small gift shop….well, not really a shop…just a cabinet at this time, but if you visit Our Lady of Solitude Chapel, you will find Monastery Gifts here in the vestibule of the Chapel.  They have a variety of items including Wooden Rosary Bracelets, Aprons, Retreat Bags, Journals, Greeting Cards, Sticky Notes, Postcards, Mugs, T-shirts, and Baseball Caps.

All custom designed by the Nuns!  

Traveling to Our Lady of Solitude Monastery:

The Monastery is located off of Interstate 10, but please email the Nuns for good driving directions. GPS, Google Maps, etc do NOT provide accurate directions.

Address:  9020 N 381st Ave, Tonopah, AZ 85354  Note: Before reaching the Chapel, there are 6 miles of dirt roads

email:  desertnuns@msn.com

Click here for the official website of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery.

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