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

***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. Here 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.
***March 23, 2016

Access our March newsletter here and join us for our Friends Gathering this Sunday.  Our featured speaker is iconographer, Heather MacKean, who will talk is entitled "Theology of the Icon." 

4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***February 24, 2016 

Fr Iosif Bena, priest and physicist, will be giving this Sunday's Friends Gathering talk which begins at 4pm: 
Creation & Time:
an apophatic look at Genesis from a scientist's perspective.
For more information on our speaker, Fr Iosif, please see our February newsletter here.
***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!

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