A MESSAGE FROM ABBESS MELANIA (2022)
Fr. Anthony Roeber (2022)
Fr. Anthony Roeber (2022)
Fr. Anthony Roeber (2022)
Service of the Great Blessing of the Waters (2022)
Service of the Great Blessing of the Waters (2022)
Service of the Great Blessing of the Waters (2022)
Blessing the Napa River (2022)
Blessing the Napa River (2022)
Blessing the Napa River (2022)

January 6 - The Great Feast of The Theophany of Our Lord

One of the many blessings of living here at the monastery is having the Napa River essentially in our backyard.  That’s especially lovely on Theophany, when we just have to go to the edge of our property to do the outdoor blessing of the waters.  This year, the river was flowing swiftly, and it was such a beautiful visual assurance that God rejoices to bless His creation – and creation rejoices receiving it.  As we go through this coming year, may God grant us to participate in His work of blessing His creation and may we rejoice to do so!

An Orthodox Christian Monastery for Women

From its home on the banks of the Napa River in Calistoga, California,

Holy Assumption Monastery welcomes faithful pilgrims and visitors of all backgrounds.

Please use our website to learn about our community, explore Orthodox Christianity and its monastic tradition,

and find out about events at the monastery.

Holy Assumption Monastery is part of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of San Francisco and the West,

under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN. 

We've raised
$600,930.08
Our Goal
$1,000,000.00
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Help Build St. Nicholas House! - $1,000,000.00

For nearly 80 years, Holy Assumption Monastery has been a part of the Calistoga community, and is believed to be the oldest Orthodox women's monastery in the United States. 

Since our sisterhood's arrival at Holy Assumption in 2009, we have known that one of the property structures, St. Nicholas House, would need major renovations before long. Local architects and contractors have advised us that St. Nicholas House was not originally built to high-quality standards, and replacing it would be a better use of our resources than continuing to renovate. This advice, coupled with our community's desperate need for additional work space, has led to the decision to completely replace St. Nicholas House with a new, two-story structure.

This building will feature ground-floor living accommodations with the added benefit of work space on the second story.  Local general contractor Paul Coates, a generous friend of our monastery, assisted by Thomas Stimpert, architect, have committed to the project, already providing invaluable planning input and guidance.  With their help, the sisters have attempted to develop a plan that balances quality, beauty, and economy.  The replacement of the existing St. Nicholas House by the proposed building will beautify both the monastery and the community.

Demolition and construction phases are estimated to take six to twelve months.  In August 2019, the sisters began a fundraising campaign with a goal of $1 million. Because neither demolition nor construction can begin until the bulk of this amount has been secured, we are turning to you as friends and supporters of our monastery to help us in our work of ensuring accessible accommodations for our elderly and infirm sisters and guests, and much-needed work space for the sisterhood.

2021 UPDATE: We have been so humbled and amazed by your generosity! As of December 2021, we are working with our architect to finalize our plans. In the coming months we expect to solicit bids for a contractor, begin the permitting process with the City of Calistoga, and apply for a loan that will allow us to begin construction as soon as possible. Stay tuned, and please continue to support us with your prayers and donations!

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Upcoming Schedule

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 122:1

  • 18

    Jan

    Tuesday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
  • 19

    Jan

    Wednesday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 20

    Jan

    Thursday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
  • 21

    Jan

    Friday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 22

    Jan

    Saturday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour & Panikhida
    5:00 Vigil
  • 23

    Jan

    Sunday
    10:00 Sunday Divine Liturgy
    5:00 Vespers & Matins
  • 24

    Jan

    Monday
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
  • 25

    Jan

    Tuesday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
  • 26

    Jan

    Wednesday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
    Fast
  • 27

    Jan

    Thursday
    5:30 Matins
    12:15 Sixth Hour and Panikhida
    6:00 Vespers
    7:30 Compline
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January 2022 Newsletter

The monastery's newsletter is available! Read Mother Melania's monthly reflection and other updates. The monthly calendar may be viewed in the newsletter, or by checking our online calendar or our Facebook Page.

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COVID-19

Please click here for our updated COVID19 guidelines, effective August 6, 2021

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Online Retreat

February 12th at 10 a.m. PT -- Speaker: TBD -- Topic: TBD


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Holy Assumption Monastery
1519 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-6244