Our Guest House Ministry is closed.
For more information about the decision to close, please read the message below.
Mount Calvary has been a contemplative Episcopal Benedictine Monastery. For more than seventy years our principal work has been to provide a quality retreat experience in an atmosphere of prayerful Benedictine hospitality. Mount Calvary Monastery was established in 1947 by Fr. Karl Tiedemann, OHC. It was a retreat and conference center of the Order of the Holy Cross. Following the destruction of our original building by fire in 2008, the monastery relocated next door to the Old Mission in Santa Barbara. Mount Calvary is now in the process of ending its presence and ministry in Santa Barbara. The Order of the Holy Cross has decided to close Mount Calvary because OHC’s smaller membership can no longer meet all of the Order’s ministry commitments. Because of the public health emergency this year, we have had to be closed to guests since mid-March. We regret that we can no longer welcome any guests, and because of precautions in the face of the COVID-19 situation, we cannot welcome your visit. We are deeply grateful to God for the many decades of Mount Calvary’s ministries and for the many, many lives which have been touched by retreats here and for our many, many friends. Please keep us in your prayers. We are deeply grateful for your gifts, which will help us through this difficult time. We hope there can be some form of prayerful celebration before we depart.