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

***June 26, 2019 For this Sunday's Friends Gathering, we are pleased to host our previously rescheduled speaker, Fr. John Valadez, as he presents the topic of "Digital Iconoclasm." The Friends presentation begins at 4pm, and will be followed Vespers and a potluck. In the meantime, please read about all the happenings at the monastery in our June Newsletter.
***May 25, 2019 Due to the anticipated rains this Sunday, we are cancelling the previously scheduled Friends Gathering that was to take place this Sunday. Please spread the word of this cancellation to others. We will try to reschedule Fr John Valadez to speak on the important topic of Digital Iconoclasm at another time.
***May 21, 2019 Enjoy the May monastery newsletter here. Fr John Valadez will be the featured speaker at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. His talk entitled "Digital Iconoclasm" will commence at 4pm. Please bring a friend and a potluck dish to share!
***April 28th, 2019 Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!
***April 25, 2019 The April edition of the monastery newsletter is available here. There will be no Friends Gathering this month. We wish you all a blessed Holy Week and a grace-filled Pascha!
***March 27, 2019 The March edition of the monastery newsletter is available here. Fr Lawrence Russell will give a presentation entitled Humility: The Divine Garment at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. Please bring a lenten dish to share. 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***February 20, 2019 The February Newsletter is now available here. Join us for this month's Friends of the Monastery Gathering this Sunday at 4pm followed by Vespers and a potluck. Fr. John Tomasi will speak about Resurrection and Rehabilitation: Prison Ministry in the 21st Century. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck to follow.

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