Through the vision and hard work of Igumen Sergious Gerken (and the support of a small community of dedicated monastery friends), an ambitious restoration project was begun in 1998 to make the monastery once again habitable for a community of nuns. The grounds were transformed into a beautiful garden, while the chapel underwent extensive renovation and improvements. The main building was beautifully rebuilt as a refectory and living quarters for the nuns. The grounds were graced with church bells and a koi pond, pergola, and new walkways. All was nearly ready and the local community was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the nuns.
While the finishing touches were still being put on the main building, the long-expected nuns arrived, but from an unexpected quarter. On the morning of October 8, 2009, the community of St. Barbara Monastery in Santa Paula, CA was informed that they had 30 days to remove the RVs in which nearly two thirds of the community was living while trying to build a wing to house the sisters. By that evening, Abbess Victoria had contacted Bishop Benjamin and received his enthusiastic blessing to relocate ten of the sisters to Calistoga. Two weeks later, on October 22, the sisters, under the leadership of Mother Melania, arrived at their new home to a gracious welcome from Fr. Sergious. Soon thereafter, various members of the local community and the outlying areas started arriving with good wishes, food, and practical help of various kinds. The sisters were and continue to be overwhelmed by such kindness.