(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

***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
***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!
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***October 21, 2014 Kevin Allen of Ancient Faith Radio will speak on the subject of Orthodoxy and asceticism at this Sunday's Friends Gathering. Read about details of Gathering and the latest monastery news in this month's newsletter here.
***September 23, 2014 The September monastery newsletter is now available here. Join us this Sunday at our Friends of the Monastery Gathering for a timely presentation by Fr Yousuf Rassam on the topic of Syriac Christendom: What Is Being Lost and What Can Be Preserved. 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck. 
***August 28, 2014 Join us for the Friends of the Monastery Gathering on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 4pm when we will hear a talk by Fr. Michael Laffoon entitled "Three Misconceptions About the Orthodox Church." Vespers and potluck supper to follow. In the meantime, enjoy the monastery's latest newsletter here.
***July 23, 2014 Please enjoy this month's newsletter here. Our next Friends Gathering will be this Sunday, July 27, at 4pm. Fr. Arkaduisz Mironko will speak on The Eighth Ecumenical Council: Expectations and Possibilities.
***June 24, 2014  The June edition of the monastery newsletter is now available here. Our next Friends Gathering beginning at 4pm on Sunday, June 29th, will feature Fr. Lawrence Russell on the topic of The Gobezie Goshu Home: A work for "the least of these my brethren."
***May 21, 2014 George Pal will present a slideshow entitled "Monasteries of Mount Athos" this Sunday, May 25, for our May Friends Gathering. Click here for more info and to read our latest monastery newsletter.
***April 23, 2014 Enjoy the monastery's latest newsletter here. April's Friends Gathering will be held on Sunday, April 27th, featuring Charles Ajalat, founder of IOCC and Chairman of the Board for FOCUS North America, on the topic of "Orthodox Social Action and Evangelism." 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***April 20, 2014
Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!
***March 27, 2014  Catch up on the latest monastery news here. Our March Friends Gathering will be held on Sunday, March 30, and will feature V. Rev Lawrence Russell presenting on "Suffering: A Debt Bringing Mercy."
***March 21, 2014

Latest Chapel Construction Photos:

Inside of Chapel facing west

Steel Roof Beams

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