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

***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.
***January 27th, 2019 6:23pm

Winners of the Monastery Building Fund
Raffle Drawing:

Grand Prize: Nestan Tsiskaridze
2nd Prize: Colleen Allen
3rd Prize: Kristin King

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone for participating in this drawing!

***January 23, 2019  The January of the monastery newsletter is now available here. Join us for this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering featuring the presentation "In the Steps of St. Nikolai" by Archpriest John Finley. At this gathering, we will hold a raffle ticket drawing to announce the winner of the grand prize of paid passage for two people to the September Orthodox Cruise to Alaska. We will also draw for second and third place prizes. Raffle tickets are still available for online purchase here up until noon on Sunday, January 27.  Proceeds go to the monastery's building fund. 


Support our monastery effort to launch the building of additional housing to accommodate new sisters
 by purchasing 
raffle tickets here

Orthodox Cruise & Pilgrimage
to Alaska
(for 2 people)


$25 each or
$ 100 per 5 tickets


Passage for 2 people
on a 7-day Pilgrimage & Orthodox Cruise 
to breathtaking Alaska 
on the spectacular Holland America
Eurodam ship.


Travel with Fr. Michael Oleksa, expert on Orthodoxy in Alaska, Fr. Laurence Cleenewerck, and ~50 other enthusiastic Orthodox pilgrims.  


September 7th-14th, 2019

Seattle, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria (British Columbia)

Experience the historic roots of Orthodoxy in North America through first-hand visits to Orthodox historical sites, engaging daily lectures and workshops.

Encounter the sheer majesty and grace-filled beauty of God's creation in the Alaskan wilderness.

Enjoy the warmth of fellowship with fellow Orthodox travelers.

Refresh your soul.

Support the monastery's planned expansion of its living quarters to house additional sisters!

For detailed information on this cruise, visit www.Orthodoxcruises.com.

Purchase your raffle tickets by noon on January 27th, 2019 to be entered into the drawing.
Raffle drawing will be held 
at the monastery
 on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 
at the January Friends' Gathering.

Winner need not be present to win

Click here to purchase tickets.

***December 22, 2018 Please enjoy our latest monastery newsletter here. We wish you all a blessed Christmas!
***December 13, 2018 Blessed Feast of St. Eugene & his companions! Our monastery chapel is named for St. Eugene. 
***November 22, 2018

You are cordially invited to celebrate

the Feast of the Great Martyr

4pm Monday, December 3rd
Vigil (Vespers, Matins, 1st Hour)
followed by buffet supper

10am Tuesday, December 4th
Divine Liturgy, preceded by the Hours
follwed by a buffet luncheon.

His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN, presiding

We will celebrate the feast, rain or shine!

View the official invitation here.

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