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.
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.
***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!
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.
***January 20, 2015 Here is the monastery's January Newsletter. This year's first Friends Gathering will be on Sunday, Jan. 25. 4pm Presentation by Fr Paul Waisanen, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***December 22, 2014 Enjoy our Christmas newsletter here. We wish everyone a blessed Nativity and New Year!
***November 22, 2014
The Monastery's altar feast will be celebrated on December 3rd & 4th (see invitation below). Vigil will commence at 4 pm on Wednesday, December 3rd and the Divine Liturgy at 10 am on Thursday, December 4th. Please join His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, and the Sisters in celebrating the Feast Day of the Great Martyr Barbara!