Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (PCPA) are a branch of the Poor Clares, a contemplative order of nuns in the Franciscan tradition. Founded in France in 1854 by Marie Claire Bouillevaux, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration are cloistered nuns dedicated to the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.[1]

Presence in the United StatesEdit

In the United States, the first foundation was established in Cleveland, Ohio. in 1921.[1] One of the order's best-known members was Mother Angelica, the foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network. Their motherhouse is in Canton, Ohio.[2] There is a second community at Our Lady of Solitude Monastery in Tonopah, Arizona, near Phoenix. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and operates independently of the diocese, with the approval of the bishop of Phoenix.[3]

Recent years have seen the consolidation of their monasteries in the United States.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "HIstory". Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "PCPA HISTORY". January 6, 2007. Archived from the original on January 6, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Home". Desert Nuns. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration announce merger of two communities". www.catholicnewsherald.com. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration close Washington monastery, trusting in God's providence - Catholic Standard". cathstan.org. Retrieved June 6, 2018.