The Metropolis Philoptochos has been one of its privileged caretakers since its inception, and one of the Lodge Buildings is appropriately dedicated to Philoptochos. St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center provides for spiritual nourishment and renewal for those who seek it. Nestled in the beautiful valley of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Ranch stands at the foothills of this serene location. Overlooking the Retreat Center, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony, of blessed memory had a vision of a monastery, which was subsequently constructed as an oasis for spiritual reflection and renewal. The Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring was consecrated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America in September 2010. Guests of St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center visit the Monastery on a regular basis.

Recognition Dove

Building a Legacy of Faith, Hope and Love

Be a part of history by participating as a sponsor of the Recognition Dove at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, California. Honor your loved ones by supporting the ministries of the Metropolis Philoptochos through your gift of a Legacy, Gold, Silver or Bronze wing engraved with your special message. Your donation will leave a lasting remembrance which will be prominently displayed at the main entrance of the Philotochos Lodge at St Nicholas Ranch. If you choose to offer a memorial  or recognition gift, we will send an acknowledgement to the person you designate.

Levels of Giving

  • Legacy (Olive Leaf $10,000)
  • Love (Olive Leaf $5,000)
  • Hope (Olive Leaf $2,500)
  • Faith (Bronze Leaf $1,000)

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All contributions are deductible to the extent provided by law. The Metropolis of San Francisco is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.