Assumption Convent Field Trip

posted Oct 27, 2011, 1:18 PM by rthompson@stjohnsacademysf.org
Recently, the eighth grade American History and Literature students went on a field trip to the Holy  Assumption Convent in Calistoga, where the chapel is an exact replica of the chapel in Fort Ross built by the Russians in 1812.  On the way to the convent, we stopped at the Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga,
one of three geysers in the world with the designation "old faithful." These are the geysers that perform at regular intervals, erupting steam and scalding water spraying 60 to 100 feet in the air.

After a picnic lunch on the grounds and visiting with the lamas, sheep and goats, we continued on to the convent. We were met by Sr. Margarita, who showed us the chapel and told us a history of the convent. After staying for a service of the hours, we had a tour of the lovely grounds and the students had a wonderful time feeding the lively and beautiful koi in their pond.  We also met the birds and rabbits, and visited with Mother Seraphima in her
icon painting studio. Mother Melania kindly invited us to a delicious lunch. We thank Mother Melania and the sisters for giving us such a warm reception and showing us a piece of their earthly Paradise!

The students also were able to visit the beautiful St. Seraphim Parish in Santa Rose. This Temple has constructed in such a way as to allow real frescos to adore the interior. It is a rare treasure.

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