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

***February 19, 2020 The February Newsletter is available here. Dr. Joseph William Black of Makarios III Patriarchal Seminary, Nairobi, Kenya, will be presenting a lecture entitled "The Dragon of Dependency and the Way of Escape" at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck. 4pm presentation followed by Vespers and a potluck.
***January 22, 2020 Join us for our Friends of the Monastery Gathering this Sunday, January 26, beginning at 4pm. Deacon Ananias Sorem will speak on "An Orthodox Theory of Knowledge." A short biography of Fr. Deacon Ananias is available in the January Newsletter.
***December 25, 2019

Christ is born! Glorify Him! 

This month's newsletter is available here.

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