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

***January 30, 2016 Due to rains predicted in Santa Paula for this Sunday, our scheduled Friends' Gathering has been CANCELLED. Please help us spread the word! We will reschedule our much-anticipated speaker, iconographer Heather MacKean, for a later date.
***January 27, 2016 Our January Newsletter may be viewed here. We invite all friends of the monastery to our upcoming Friends Gathering this Sunday, Jan. 27, beginning at 4pm. Our speaker will be master iconographer, Heather MacKean
***December 23, 2015 We wish you all a blessed Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ! Please enjoy our Christmas newsletter here.
***December 8, 2015 Two new products available: All natural monastery lip balm here. Just in time for the winter! Made by the sisters with lavender and calendula grown at our monastery in addition to other simple, all-natural ingredients. 

Also, in about a week, we will have a very limited quantity of 2016 mini monastery wall-calendars available entitled "Monastery Scenes." This sweet little wall calendar consists of photos taken from around the monastery, including one of HRH Punkin. 

If you are interested in purchasing one or more calendars, please contact us asap at sbmonasterystore@gmail.com to reserve your order now. Calendars will be available for shipping starting Dec. 19.
***December 8, 2015 Thank you to everyone who celebrated our monastery's altar feast day with us on Dec. 4th! O Holy and Great Martyr Barbara, pray to God for us!
***November 28, 2015 

The Monastery's Altar Feast will be celebrated on December 3rd & 4th as follows:

4 PM Vigil on Thursday, December 3rd. 
9:30 AM 3rd & 6th Hours, 10 AM Divine Liturgy on 
Friday, December 4th.

Please join His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, and the Sisters in celebrating the 
Feast Day of the Great Martyr Barbara!

***November 10, 2015 Available soon: All natural Lip Balm with 100% pure lavender essential oil. Made by the sisters. Stay tuned.
***November 9, 2015 We extend our heartfelt gratitude to St Luke Orthodox Church and all who gave generously of their time, talents and treasure to make last weekend's chapel benefit dinner a resounding success! A report of the outcome is forthcoming.
Chapel Benefit Dinner

You are invited to join us for our 
Chapel Building Benefit Dinner
at 
Saint Luke Orthodox Church
13261 Dunklee Ave, Garden Grove, CA  92840
on
Sunday, November 8th

Tickets: $ 50/ each & $ 25/ under 12
6pm Cocktail Hour  7pm Dinner

Catered by professional Chef Kimmy Tang
Wine-Tasting with Fr John Finley,
and a No Host Bar.

Contact Anna Nasser at 
St Luke Church for tickets.
714-971-2244 or annasg1@yahoo.com
Help us spread the word!
***October 21, 2015 We will be having the Friends of the Monastery Gathering this Sunday on Oct 21st at 4pm with Monk Lawrence presenting on "Love Your Enemies." Please also enjoy our latest newsletter here.
***September 23, 2015 Enjoy the latest news in our September Newsletter hereWe are having a our Friends' Gathering this Sunday, Sept 27th. Fr Nicholas Speier will be giving a presentation beginning at 4pm. Vespers and potluck to follow.
***August 26, 2015 Our current newsletter is available here. In it, you will find information this Sunday's Friends Gathering, which will feature Professor Stephen Lloyd-Moffett from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo as our speaker. The presentation will begin at 4pm, followed by Vespers and a potluck supper. 
***July 23, 2015 Our July Newsletter is now available here. Please join us for the next Friends Gathering this Sunday, July 26th at 4pm. Seraphim Carl will be speaking to us from her first-hand experience and research about Native Alaskan Orthodoxy
***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!

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