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

***On Sunday, March 26th, the Sisters will attend Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios Church in Camarillo. There will be no Liturgy at the monastery served on this day. 
***March 23rd, 2023 Read our latest monastery newsletter here

It's been several months since the monastery has been able to host a Friends Gathering. We are pleased, however, to welcome Fr Symeon Halsell as the speaker for this Sunday's Friends' Gathering (March 26th): "What is Man? An Orthodox Perspective and Responses to Trans-Philosophy.

Please bring a dish or dessert to share at the potluck. We will begin at 4 pm with the talk followed by Vespers at 5 pm and a potluck at 6pm.
***March 13th, 2023  There will be a Pre-sanctified Liturgy this week on Wednesday, 3/15, at 5:30 pm.
***March 8th, 2023 Pre-sanctified Liturgy will be served at 5:30 pm tonight. 

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