O Holy Great Martyr Barbara, pray to God for us...

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

***December 11, 2017 Fire Update: We moved back to the monastery Saturday morning. We are settling back into our normal round of services. We still have no telephone or internet, but power was restored last night. We still have not telephone or internet service but are thankful to have a monastery to come back to. Many thanks to our amazing firefighters and service workers. And thank you to our many friends for your concern and prayers!
***December 9. 2017 4:10pm 
Fire Update: Our community returned to the monastery this morning. Thankfully, all that burned was our main lavender field and monastery sign at the entrance even though the fire jumped the creek and burned up our bank. The fire surrounded the monastery (the hillside and entire perimeter of the monastery is burnt) but, miraculously, none of our main or secondary structures were touched. We are still without power and are composing this message from a nearby Starbucks. Thank you for your many prayers and messages of concern. Please continue keep those who remain in harm's way in your prayers. Glory to God for all things!
***December 9, 2017 Fire Update: We are going to try to return to the monastery this morning. We may be out of touch for a few days until power is restored and will be unreachable by email or phone temporarily. Thank you for the prayers you have offered up in behalf of us and all those who have been affected by these devastating fires.
***December 8, 2017 Fire Update: The road that leads to the monastery is still closed. At this point, we remain evacuated and continue to pray for all who have lost homes or are still in harm's way. 
 ***December 6, 2017 8:26pm 
Fire update: Our news could be better. We have not returned to the monastery because Highway 150 is still closed due to downed power lines. However, we've just received news from our neighbor that our main lavender field burned but that our structures are intact. Our neighbor, who lost a barn, reports that our area "looks like it was hit by a bomb." Additionally, there is an immediate threat of a new fire in the Fillmore area and predictions of hurricane-force Santa Ana winds overnight. So for now, we will remain evacuated. Thank you for your continued prayers.
***December 6, 2017 Fire update: We are still away from the monastery, but are hopeful that Highway 150 will be reopened soon once a downed power line below our property is cleared away. As far as we know, the monastery is relatively intact, however, we learned that our immediate neighbor suffered the loss of several structures. Thomas Aquinas College also suffered the loss of at least one structure. There are still a few fires burning in Santa Paula but the winds blowing the fires away from us. Thanks be to God and thank you for your continued prayers. 

We wish you all a blessed Feast of St. Nicholas!
***December 5, 2017 Due to the Thomas Fire which began in a Santa Paula canyon last night, our community has voluntarily evacuated to Oxnard and Santa Barbara. The monastery relics and cats are safe. Thank you for your prayers and we will try to post updates as they come up.
***December 4, 2017 Blessed Feast Day of St Barbara!
***November 25, 2017

25th Anniversary

You are cordially invited to celebrate

THE FEAST OF THE GREAT MARTYR BARBARA

4 PM Sunday, December 3rd
Vigil followed by buffet supper

10 AM Monday, December 4th
Divine Liturgy preceded by the Hours
His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin presiding
Buffet luncheon to follow

Click here to view invitation.
***October 27, 2017 Please join us for this month's Friends Gathering this Sunday, Oct. 29th, when Fr John Finley will address the topic "Evangelism in a Post-Christian World."4pm Presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck. Enjoy the October Newsletter here.
***September 20, 2017 Licensed clinical psychologist, Dr Xenia Serena Enke,  will be presenting on the topic of "An Orthodox Perspective on Depression" at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. Presentation begins at 4pm, followed by 5pm Vespers and a potluck supper at 6pm. 

The September newsletter is available here.

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