Welcome!

                         (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

***June 24, 2015 Read this month's newsletter here and join us for our Friends Gathering this Sunday, June 28th at 4pm. OCMC Missionary to Albania, Nathan Hoppe, will be presenting.
***May 27, 2015 There will be NO Friends Gathering this Sunday. The gathering will resume in June. In the meantime, please enjoy our May newsletter here. We wish you all a blessed upcoming Pentecost! 
***May 26, 2015 We encourage all of our friends, especially those who homeschool their children, to check out the top-notch online classes offered by Classical Learning Resource Center. Classes include classical Greek, Latin, modern languages, Byzantine chant, science, literature, etc. 
***May 25, 2015 Please help us complete our chapel! We recently sent out an appeal for help; it is reproduced here.
***May 18, 2015  If you have never checked out our chapel construction page, you may wish to do so here. It contains a brief photo journal documenting the construction of our chapel from its inception to the present.
***April 22, 2015 Access our April Newsletter here. Archpriest John Finley will be our speaker for this Sunday's Friends Gathering. His presentation will commence at 4pm, followed by 5pm Vespers and 6pm potluck supper. 
CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
***March 25, 2015 Enjoy this month's newsletter here. This month's Friends Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 29th, with Fr. Lawrence Russell speaking on "The Boast of the Cross." The talk will commence at 4pm, followed by Vespers and a Lenten potluck. 
***February 19, 2015  There will no Friends of the Monastery Gathering in February due to Forgiveness Sunday. All are invited to join us for our benefit concert on March 13th at St. Athanasius Church, Santa Barbara (see below). In the meantime, please enjoy our latest newsletter here. We wish you all a blessed Lent!
Benefit Concert 
for Monastery Chapel Building Fund

Friday, March 13th, 7:30pm 
St. Athanasius Church, Santa Barbara, CA

Please join us for a beautiful evening of Russian choral music performed by the outstanding Yale Russian Male Chorus, directed by Mark Bailey. 

Tickets are $15 at the door, 
$10 for seniors & students.
 
Proceeds will benefit the building of our monastery chapel.

  Download a flyer here

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