St. Barbara Monastery (Santa Paula, California)

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'''St. Barbara Monastery''' is a [[monastic]] community for women in the [[Diocese of the West (OCA)|Diocese of the West]] in the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. The monastery is located in Santa Barbara, California.  The community was founded in 1992 under the auspices of His Grace Bishop [[Tikhon (Fitzgerald) of San Francisco and Los Angeles|Tikhon]] of San Francisco and the West in downtown Santa Barbara, and then, in 1999, moved 10 miles north.
 
 
The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. To support the community the [[nun]]s produce icon magnets, notecards, greeting cards, as well as through writing, teaching, and operating a small bookstore.
 
<!--Currently the community is developing plans to build ...-->
 
 
Mother Melania (previously Sister Elayne), who was recently tonsured a little schema (Gr. stavrophor) nun, is one of the more active members of there community. She has participated as a guest speaker at various retreats, authored poetry and books and acted as guest presenter of podcasts and lectures for [[Ancient Faith Radio]]. Her books are published by [[Conciliar Press]] and include: "The Twelve Great Feasts for Children" (ISBN-10: 1888212411), "The 3-Day Pascha Series" and "The Passions: How we get into this mess and how we get out".
 
 
Some of her more prominent presentations include:
 
*[[January 26]], 2008 - "Monastic Spirituality in Everyday Life", St. Matthew Antiochian Orthodox Church.
 
*[[August 8]], 2007 - Project Mexico "Orthodox Basic Training Week"
 
*April, 2005 - The 29th Annual Southern Californian Diocesan Antiochian Women's Spring Retreat.
 
 
==Daily Life==
 
 
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name=St. Barbara Monastery|
 
name=St. Barbara Monastery|
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founded=1993|
 
founded=1993|
 
superior=[[Abbess]] [[Victoria (Shnurer)|Victoria]]|
 
superior=[[Abbess]] [[Victoria (Shnurer)|Victoria]]|
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size=14 [[nun]]s|
hq=Santa Barbara, California|
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hq=Santa Paula, California|
 
language=English|
 
language=English|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
 
feasts=[[December 4|4 Dec]]|
 
feasts=[[December 4|4 Dec]]|
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*Daily: 7:30am - Matins
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'''St. Barbara Monastery''' is a [[monastic]] community for women in the [[Diocese of the West (OCA)|Diocese of the West]] in the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. The monastery is located in Santa Paula, California.  The community was founded in 1992 under the auspices of His Grace Bishop [[Tikhon (Fitzgerald) of San Francisco and Los Angeles|Tikhon]] of San Francisco and the West in downtown Santa Barbara, and in 1999, moved 10 miles north.  The monastery relocated to its present Santa Paula location in late 2005. It is dedicated to Saint [[Barbara of Heliopolis|Barbara]].
::12:15pm - Sixth Hour (except when there is a Divine Liturgy)
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::6:00pm - Vespers
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The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life. To support the community the [[nun]]s produce icon magnets, notecards, greeting cards, as well as through writing, teaching, and operating a small bookstore and online gift shop.
::8:00pm - Compline
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*Saturday: 6:00pm - Vigil
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Currently, the community is developing plans to build a larger chapel and additional living quarters.
*Sunday: 8:40am Hours
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:::9:00am Divine Liturgy
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Mother Melania (previously Sister Elayne) is one of the more active members of the community. She has participated as a guest speaker at various retreats, authored poetry and books and acted as guest presenter of podcasts and lectures for [[Ancient Faith Radio]]. Her books published by [[Conciliar Press]] include: "The Twelve Great Feasts for Children" (ISBN-10: 1888212411), "The 3-Day Pascha Series" and "The Passions: How we get into this mess and how we get out".
*Second Monday of the month: 7:00pm - Vespers, then gathering of the Friends of St. Barbara Monastery.
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===Lenten Schedule===
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Some of her more prominent presentations include:
*Daily: 7:30am - Matins
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*[[January 26]], 2008 - "Monastic Spirituality in Everyday Life", St. Matthew Antiochian Orthodox Church.
::12:15pm - Sixth Hour
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*[[August 8]], 2007 - Project Mexico "Orthodox Basic Training Week"
*Mon, Tue, Thu: 4:00pm - Vespers
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*April, 2005 - The 29th Annual Southern Californian Diocesan Antiochian Women's Spring Retreat.
::::6:00pm - Compline
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*Wed, Fri: 4:00pm - Presanctified Liturgy
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<!--==Daily Life==
:::7:00pm - Compline
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*Sat: 6:00pm - Vigil
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*Sun: 8:40am - Hours
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::9:00am Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great
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==Timeline==-->
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://www.stbarbaramonastery.org/  St. Barbara Monastery] Web site
 
*[http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-WE-STBSBM OCA Listing of Monastery]
 
*[http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-WE-STBSBM OCA Listing of Monastery]
 
*[http://omna.malf.net/barbara.htm Orthodox Monasteries of North America directory listing]
 
*[http://omna.malf.net/barbara.htm Orthodox Monasteries of North America directory listing]
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Latest revision as of 13:06, October 21, 2011

St. Barbara Monastery
Jurisdiction West, OCA
Type Female Monastery
Founded 1993
Superior Abbess Victoria
Approx. size 14 nuns
Location Santa Paula, California
Liturgical language(s) English
Music used Russian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated 4 Dec
Official website www.stbarbaramonastery.org

St. Barbara Monastery is a monastic community for women in the Diocese of the West in the Orthodox Church in America. The monastery is located in Santa Paula, California. The community was founded in 1992 under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco and the West in downtown Santa Barbara, and in 1999, moved 10 miles north. The monastery relocated to its present Santa Paula location in late 2005. It is dedicated to Saint Barbara.

The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life. To support the community the nuns produce icon magnets, notecards, greeting cards, as well as through writing, teaching, and operating a small bookstore and online gift shop.

Currently, the community is developing plans to build a larger chapel and additional living quarters.

Mother Melania (previously Sister Elayne) is one of the more active members of the community. She has participated as a guest speaker at various retreats, authored poetry and books and acted as guest presenter of podcasts and lectures for Ancient Faith Radio. Her books published by Conciliar Press include: "The Twelve Great Feasts for Children" (ISBN-10: 1888212411), "The 3-Day Pascha Series" and "The Passions: How we get into this mess and how we get out".

Some of her more prominent presentations include:

  • January 26, 2008 - "Monastic Spirituality in Everyday Life", St. Matthew Antiochian Orthodox Church.
  • August 8, 2007 - Project Mexico "Orthodox Basic Training Week"
  • April, 2005 - The 29th Annual Southern Californian Diocesan Antiochian Women's Spring Retreat.


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