St. Barbara Monastery
is currently still closed to all visitors
until further notice.
The monastery bookstore/ giftshop is still available online.
Thank you for your understanding.
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.
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.
***May 27, 2020 Enjoy our latest monastery newsletter here. There will be no Friends Gathering in May.
***April 25, 2020
Christ is risen!
Indeed He is risen!
Click here to read a brief message from
Now are all things filled with Light--
Heaven and earth and the nethermost regions of the earth.
Let all Creation celebrate the arising of Christ in whom it is established...
***March 26, 2020 Please enjoy this month's news from our monastery here. The usual Friends of the Monastery Gathering for March has been cancelled. As directed by our ruling hierarch, Archbishop Benjamin, the monastery is likewise closed to all pilgrims until further notice. May God bless our remaining time of struggle this Lent!
***March 17, 2020 For the next few weeks or until further notice, the monastery will not be receiving pilgrims and visitors. We wish to comply with the current directive from His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, concerning the Coronavirus. Thank you for your understanding.
***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.