O Holy Great Martyr Barbara, pray to God for us...

                         (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 growing lavender and producing lavender products, giving retreats, producing icon  greeting cards, 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

***December 25, 2016 Christ is born! Glorify Him!
***December 17, 2016 Blessed Advent to all! Please enjoy our current Christmas newsletter here. There will be on Friends Gathering this month. 
***December 10, 2016  
New product! Healing herbal salve made by the nuns now available here or at a discount here. Pocket-sized and excellent for healing scratches, bumps, bites, bruises and minor wounds.

***December 4, 2016 Blessed Feast Day of the Great Martyr Barbara. O holy great-martyr Barbara, pray to God for us!
***November 22, 2016

You are invited to the monastery's Altar Feast:

The Feast
of the Great Martyr Barbara

His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN, presiding

Friday, Dec. 2, 4 pm: 

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 am: 
DIVINE LITURGY preceded by the Hours

Click here to view the official invitation.
***November 21, 2016

Consider a sponsorship of one of the remaining items and furnishings needed to adorn the monastery chapel and its grounds. We encourage not only individuals but parish groups and fellowships to sponsor an item collectively. You may designate your sponsorship in memory or in honor of a loved one. See available items here.
***October 27, 2016  October's newsletter is available here. We look forward to hearing a presentation by V. Rev. Michael Laffoon at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. Presentation: "On the Observance of Halloween."  5pm Vespers and 6pm potluck.
***September 22, 2016 Read the latest monastery newsletter here. Our next Friends Gathering is this Sunday, Sept 25, beginning at 4pm with a talk entitled, "The Ministry of the St. Andrew Burial Society" to be presented by Maximus Diaz. 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***September 22, 2016 Many thanks to chef Kimmy Tang who catered a lovely benefit dinner for the building of our monastery chapel. Her newest book is available in here. Part of the proceeds from her book and cooking classes will go benefit the monastery. 
***August 24, 2016 Our latest newsletter is available here. Join us this Sunday for the August Friends of the Monastery Gathering. Fr Yousuf Rassam will give a talk entitled "Reflections on the June 2016 Council in Crete." 4pm talk, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***August 12, 2016 


Sunday, September 4th, 5pm

Join us for a lovely evening with
Special Guest Speaker: Archbishop Benjamin

Delicious Asian Fusion cuisine
by Professional Chef Kimmy Tang
Wine tasting with Fr John Finley

Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral
650 Micheltorena St, Los Angeles, CA

$ 50/ adults & $ 25/under 12
Click here to view the flyer.
To reserve seats, click here or mail a check to the monastery marked "Banquet."
RSVP by August 30th.

***July 29, 2016 Consider sponsoring an item or icon to furnish the new monastery chapel. A listing of necessary liturgical items/icons may be found here

We cannot thank all of you enough for your commitment in helping us build this and adorn this beautiful chapel!
***July 27, 2016 Read about the latest monastery news here. This month's Friends Gathering will be held on Sunday, July 31, featuring Archpriest John Finley who will be presenting  "St. Nikolai (Velimirovic) on the Healing the Soul".The talk begins at 4pm, followed by Vespers and a potluck.
***June 23, 2016  There will be NO Friends Gathering this month. You can read all about it and about the installation of our chapel domes in this month's newsletter.
***May 25, 2016 The May newsletter is available here. Please join us for Fr. Nazary Polataiko's presentation on "Worship & Iconography" this Sunday, May 29th, beginning at 4pm. Vespers and potluck to follow.
***April 28, 2016  We wish you all a blessed Holy Week and a glorious Pascha! Please enjoy our April Newsletter here.

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