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Holy Assumption Monastery is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Monastery, please mail a check to the address above and add to the Check memo: "General Donation".

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About: St. Nicholas House Building Project
Help Build St. Nicholas House! - $1,400,000.00


Thanks to the amazing generosity of all of you, our dear friends, the monastery has already raised $900,000 toward our $1.4 million project total!

Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 15, 2023.

The sisters have secured a loan through the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund (OCCIF) for the balance of the project cost, but we will continue fundraising in 2023 in order to pay off that loan as quickly as possible. Please continue to pray for the success of this project, and we thank you deeply for investing in the future of Holy Assumption Monastery!

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 that balances quality, beauty, and economy. This building will feature ground-floor living accommodations with the added benefit of work space on the second story.

$907,900.11 raised of $1,400,000.00
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Cost & Planning Details

Construction is underway! The 2 story building will be 2720 square feet.

We are anticipating a total cost of $1.4 million, over $900,000 of which has already been raised.

Factors that raise our cost per square foot above the California average:

  • The building will be elevated due to proximity to the Napa River.
  • It will have a fire sprinkler system (mandatory).
  • It will have a small elevator (for handicap access to 2nd floor + transportation of groceries/kitchen supplies).
  • It will include two wheelchair ramps.
  • Windows and doors will be energy efficient and durable, rather than "cheapest available" (higher upfront cost, but long-term savings).
  • Exterior finishing matching Main House will be fire-resistant siding, to improve safety of the monastery and our neighbors.
  • Material and labor costs in the Bay Area have increased dramatically in the past two years because of ongoing rebuilding in the aftermath of local fires. We should expect cost/sq. ft. to be higher here than the general California average.


Mailing Address
Holy Assumption Monastery
1519 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
Email and Phone
(707) 942-4658 answering machine (Phone)
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2022 Giving Tuesday - $100,000.00
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Holy Assumption Monastery
1519 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-6244