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, 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 Rulers of this Age are 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.
***March 23, 2022 The March Newsletter is available here. We invite you all to join us on Sunday, March 27th, 4pm for the March Friends' Gathering with a talk by Fr. Nicholas Speier entitled "We have a Faith against which nothing can be done!" This talk will be followed by Vespers and a potluck. Please bring a friend and dish to share.
***February 24, 2022 The February Friends of the Monastery Gathering will be held this Sunday, Feb. 27 at 4pm. Our very own Abbess Victoria will be giving this month's presentation entitled "The History of Monasticism in America". 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers and 6pm potluck. We invite you to bring a friend and a food offering to share with all. We apologize that we don't have a normal newsletter this month but only this substitute letter to keep in touch with you all, our Friends.
***January 27, 2022  Read about the monastery news in our January newsletter. And join us for our first Friends Gathering of the year this Sunday featuring a presentation by Rdr Mark Kern on "The Seventy Apostles: Who They Are, How We Know, Where They Went." 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers 6pm potluck. Please bring some food to share with all.
***December 23, 2021 Please enjoy our Christmas Newsletter here. We wish you all a grace-filled and peaceful celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ and a blessed New Year! Christ is born! Glorify Him!

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