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

***July 28th, 2022 The Gathering of Monastery Friends will take place on the last Sunday of this month, July 31st, at 4pm. Our speaker will be Dr. Xenia Enke, an Orthodox psychologist, will be speaking on the topic of "On Starting and Ending Habits." Please bring a dish to share with all at the potluck following the presentation and Vespers. For news around the monastery and more information on our speaker, please refer to the July Newsletter.
***June 17, 2022 The monastery will be no Friends' Gathering in June, but we plan on resuming our Gathering in July.  In the meantime, enjoy some bits of news in our latest newsletter.
***May 25, 2022 Here is the monastery's May newsletter. We will be having a Friends Gathering on Sunday, May 29th, beginning at 4 pm. Fr. Lawrence Russell will give a presentation entitled "What are the Rulers of this Age Teaching our Youth?"  Bring a friend and a dish to share with everyone at the potluck.
***April 20, 2022 

The Sisters wish you a blessed Holy Week and a truly glorious Pascha! 

Our April Pascha Newsletter is available here

Please note that there will be no Friends Gathering this April due to Pascha. 
***April 15, 2022 We will be having Vigil for Lazarus Saturday tonight. His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, may not be able to make it tonight or tomorrow for Lazarus Saturday Liturgy due to possible illness. Either way, we will be having a Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday, April 16th, beginning at 10am.

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