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 & Posts

***June 12th, 2024 Blessed Feast of the Ascension of our Lord! Join us at St. Demetrios Church in Camarillo on Thursday, June 13th, at 10 am for the celebration of this joyous feast. 
***June 5th, 2024  The Sisters will be reading through St. Irenaeus' Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching in June as we make our way through the Popular Patristic Series by SVS Press.
Feel free to read along with the sisterhood as we learn and grow together through the teachings of the Church Fathers.
If you prefer to listen to your books, here is a public domain audio recording of the same text:

***June 5th, 2024 Fr. Jude and Matushka Brigitte will be gone for the summer and will return by mid-August. Until then, there will be no Divine Liturgy on Sundays at the monastery except on Sunday, July 7th and August 4th when Fr. John Robinson will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the monastery. Please refer to our schedule of services for the latest updates on services.
***May 30th, 2024  Join the Sisters this Sunday at St. Herman Church in Oxnard for the Divine Liturgy at 10 am. (There will be no Liturgy at the monastery.)
***May 23rd, 2024 
Here is the monastery's May Newsletter.

We hope to resume our Friends of the Monastery Gatherings at the end of July. We are expecting there to be one lane of through-traffic allowed from Santa Paula past the mudslide by this time.
***May 5th, 2024 

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