Holy Monastery of the Theotokos, Dunlap, CA (CKJ Design)

The late Metropolitan Anthony and Geronda Ephraim
The late Metropolitan Anthony and Geronda Ephraim

The Holy Monastery of Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring, is located on a plateau high in the Sierra Nevada’s near Kings Canyon National Park.


The monastery master plan calls for the structure to be developed as a walled city, creating a protective, stable, and permanent sacred space within. The Convent is zoned into three general areas within the secured, fortified perimeter. The public area consists of facilities such as visitor center, store, the hospitality/reception areas, convent offices, priest quarters and the archontariki or visitor’s quarters. The northern segment of the convent is cloistered: only the nuns and authorized visitors and workers can enter this area. This area consists of the nuns’ living quarters and work areas. The katholikon or main church is the focal point, heart and center of the Convent. It is the pivot and connection point of all the areas of living and working for the sisters. The katholikon is a domed cruciform church based upon the Athonite model and includes a liti (an area between the narthex and the main church used for certain monastic services), the nave, soleas and semicircular shaped excedrae as north and south choirs, the iconostasis and altar area. Christ Kamages also by the request of Metropolitan Anthony design his final resting place.


The fusion of the Holy Spirit and Our Architect’s Genius has created a most magnificent sacred place which serves and transforms all who experience its beauty… – Metropolitan Anthony of Blessed Memory