(Photo by Judith van Vliet)

St. Barbara Orthodox Monastery is a women's monastic community of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America, under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN. The Monastery was founded in 1992 and has been located in Santa Paula, California, since late 2005.  

The Sisters maintain a regular cycle of daily liturgical services and partly earn their living by crafting redwood caskets, growing lavender and producing lavender products, giving retreats, producing icon  greeting cards and magnets, and operating a small bookstore and online gift shop where local honey is sold. 

We strive daily to live out the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in community, seeking to love God and neighbor through prayer, hospitality and labor.

Latest News

***October 21, 2014 Kevin Allen of Ancient Faith Radio will speak on the subject of Orthodoxy and asceticism at this Sunday's Friends Gathering. Read about details of Gathering and the latest monastery news in this month's newsletter here.
***September 23, 2014 The September monastery newsletter is now available here. Join us this Sunday at our Friends of the Monastery Gathering for a timely presentation by Fr Yousuf Rassam on the topic of Syriac Christendom: What Is Being Lost and What Can Be Preserved. 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck. 
***August 28, 2014 Join us for the Friends of the Monastery Gathering on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 4pm when we will hear a talk by Fr. Michael Laffoon entitled "Three Misconceptions About the Orthodox Church." Vespers and potluck supper to follow. In the meantime, enjoy the monastery's latest newsletter here.
***July 23, 2014 Please enjoy this month's newsletter here. Our next Friends Gathering will be this Sunday, July 27, at 4pm. Fr. Arkaduisz Mironko will speak on The Eighth Ecumenical Council: Expectations and Possibilities.
***June 24, 2014  The June edition of the monastery newsletter is now available here. Our next Friends Gathering beginning at 4pm on Sunday, June 29th, will feature Fr. Lawrence Russell on the topic of The Gobezie Goshu Home: A work for "the least of these my brethren."
***May 21, 2014 George Pal will present a slideshow entitled "Monasteries of Mount Athos" this Sunday, May 25, for our May Friends Gathering. Click here for more info and to read our latest monastery newsletter.
***April 23, 2014 Enjoy the monastery's latest newsletter here. April's Friends Gathering will be held on Sunday, April 27th, featuring Charles Ajalat, founder of IOCC and Chairman of the Board for FOCUS North America, on the topic of "Orthodox Social Action and Evangelism." 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***April 20, 2014
Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!
***March 27, 2014  Catch up on the latest monastery news here. Our March Friends Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 30, and will feature V. Rev Lawrence Russell presenting on "Suffering: A Debt Bringing Mercy."
***March 21, 2014

Latest Chapel Construction Photos:

Inside of Chapel facing west

Steel Roof Beams

***March 10, 2014

Hawaii Trip Re-raffle Winners:
Michael & Ashley Coleman
Congratulations to the Colemans! And thank you to everyone who participated in this fundraiser to benefit ongoing monastery chapel construction. We will be posting regular chapel photo updates.
***March 3, 2014. As of last week, the steel frame for our chapel's roof was installed and the whole of the chapel is beginning to take shape. Thanks be to God! We could use your continued support to complete this good work that has begun. You may donate here or participate in our 7-day Hawaii Trip Re-raffle sponsored by St Luke Church. If you would like to purchase tickets, please mail your check directly to St Luke Church, 13261 Dunklee Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840.

We wish you all a blessed Clean Week!
Hawaii Trip Re-raffle
Dr Michael Malouf, the winner of our 7-day Hawaii Trip Raffle to raise funds for the building of our monastery chapel, has generously donated his trip for a second raffle. (Thank you, Dr Malouf!) The drawing for this raffle will be on Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 9, 2014. Tickets are now half price at $ 50 each. For details, click here to view the Hawaii Re-raffle flyer. Please help to spread the word!
***February 18, 2014 Join us for our next Friends Gathering this Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4pm. Our scheduled speaker will be Fr Jon Braun on "Bountiful Fruit From the Fast." Also, catch up on all the latest news here in this month's newsletter.
***January 31, 2014 Click here to listen to a recording of Fr John Finley's January Friends Gathering talk, "Whatever Happened to Hell?"
***January 26, 2014 Glory to God! At this point, the walls of our chapel have risen to their full height. The construction crew will now begin the prep work for the installation of the chapel roof.

Visit our Chapel Construction page for more photo updates.
***January 23, 2014 This month's Friends Gathering will be on Sunday, Jan. 26, featuring Fr John Finley. For details see our latest newsletter.  4pm Presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***January 5, 2014

Winner of Hawaii Trip Raffle:
Michael Malouf

Congratulations, Michael! We thank St. Luke Church for holding this raffle and for all who participated in this chapel fundraising effort. Check back frequently to track the progress of construction!
***January 3, 2014 Thank you to all who participated in our Hawaii Trip Raffle to benefit the building of our chapel. St. Luke Church will hold the raffle drawing on  Jan. 5. The winner will be notified by a representative of St. Luke. We continue to ask your prayers to raise all the project funds needed. Thank you for helping to spread the word!

A current look at the work in progress:

For more photos, view our chapel construction page...
Update on Hawaii Trip Raffle:
We want to make it clear that the 7-day ocean resort accommodations at the Westin Kanaapali in Maui are for up to 4 people and airfare included is for 2 people (or more, up to $1,200). Rental car included. Raffle tickets are only $ 100 each and the odds of winning are still very good. Deadline is Jan. 1, 2014 and the drawing will be on Jan. 5, 2014. Winner need not be present. Your purchase of a raffle ticket helps build our monastery chapel! See below for entry details and please help us spread the word!
***December 20, 2013 We wish you all a blessed Christmas celebration and a peace and grace-filled new year. Please enjoy our Christmas Newsletter which contains news about our chapel construction.
Hawaii Trip Raffle
***December 18, 2013  St. Luke Orthodox Church is sponsoring a raffle for a 7-day Hawaii vacation to benefit the construction of our chapel. This trip includes ocean-front accommodations and rental car. You may purchase as many raffle tickets for $100 each by sending a check to "St Luke Church" (13261 Dunklee Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840) designated "Hawaii raffle." For details, click here to view the raffle flyer.  Questions?  Call St. Luke Church, 714.971.2244. Please spread the word about this raffle to your friends and families and help us build this chapel to the glory of God!
*** December 5, 2013 Thank you to all who joined us for the Feast of the Great Martyr Barbara this year! Please enjoy some photos from the celebration:
***December 1, 2013 The monastery's altar feast will be celebrated on Dec. 3rd and Dec. 4th (see invitation below). Join Archbishop Benjamin and the Sisters in rightly honoring the Great Martyr Barbara.
***November 28, 2013 Blessed Thanksgiving! The Sisters of St. Barbara Monastery thank God for all of you, our faithful friends. Glory to God for all things!
***November 23, 2013 Please enjoy our newly installed photo gallery and be sure to keep up with the  latest news on our chapel construction.
***November 22, 2013  Join us on Dec. 3rd & 4th to celebrate the Feast Day of the Great Martyr Barbara-- our monastery's altar feast!

View a larger version of the invitation here.

***November 18, 2013 With God's help and yours, the construction of our chapel is progressing steadily. Please keep us in your prayers. You may make a donation to the building fund here.

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