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.

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***July 4th, 2024  Happy Fourth of July! Remember to pray for our country, for its leaders, and for its people: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us and on our country!

Please join us this Sunday, July 7th, at the monastery as Fr. John Robinson celebrates the Divine Liturgy with us for All Saints of North America. Divine Liturgy begins at 10 am preceded by the Hours.
***June 27th, 2024 Here is the monastery's June Newsletter. We will not be having a Friends' Gathering this month, however, we anticipate the possibility of holding a Gathering at the end of July, pending the reopening of Highway 150 from Santa Paula. Stay tuned! 
***June 26th, 2024 This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 28th-30th, the Sisters will be tending a booth for the monastery at the Ventura County Greek FestivalThere will only be Matins on Friday and Saturday at the monastery but not any other services at the monastery this entire weekend.  We will resume our regular schedule of services on Monday, July 1st.
***June 20th, 2024 The Sisters will be join the faithful of St. Athanasius Church (Goleta) in celebrating the great feast of Holy Pentecost this Sunday, June 23rd.  Please feel free to join us at St. Athanasius Church. Orthros/Matins is at 9 am; Divine Liturgy at 10 am. Kneeling prayers for Pentecost will take place immediately after the Divine Liturgy.
***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.)

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