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

***October 26, 2019

CANCELLATION OF FRIENDS GATHERING

At this time, St. Barbara Monastery is in no particular danger from fire.

However, due to the fires burning in Southern California, the predicted weather conditions and the power outage announced for our area, the Monastery has cancelled the October Friends' Gathering scheduled for October 27, 2019.

Please help us spread the word about this cancellation.
***October 22, 2019 This upcoming Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering will feature a 4pm talk entitled Working Out Our Salvation Together: Practical Strategies for Strengthening Relationships by Xenia Enke. Please bring your favorite dish to share at the potluck following Vespers. Our current newsletter is available here.
***September 25, 2019 Read the September edition of the monastery newsletter here. The Friends of the Monastery Gathering will be held this Sunday, Sept. 29. Fr Michael Laffoon will be giving a presentation at 4 pm entitled The Orthodox Veneration of the Saints. Vespers and potluck to follow. Please bring a main or side dish, salad or dessert to share.
Swim for Hope Fundraiser

September 6, 2019

A 20-mile swimming event fundraiser
to benefit 
St. Barbara Monastery,
Project Mexico,
and St. Innocent Orphanage.

Support guest kayaker, Mitch Denny,
and contribute to the monastery building fund effort!

Details here


***August 23, 2019 Our latest newsletter is available here. Join us for this Sunday's Friends Gathering as we listen to Mother Macrina from Holy Assumption Monastery share her experiences of a year-long monastic pilgrimage around the world. The presentation begins at 4pm is entitled At Home in a Foreign Land: A Year of Monastic Pilgrimage. 5pm Vespers and 6pm potluck to follow. Please bring a dish to share.
***July 24, 2019 The July Newsletter is available here. Please join us for our next Friends Gathering this Sunday featuring Dr. John Mark Reynolds whose presentation is entitled The Orthodox Moment: The Decline of Secularism and the Opportunity of an Orthodox Education. Vespers and a potluck will follow this 4pm presentation.
***June 26, 2019 For this Sunday's Friends Gathering, we are pleased to host our previously rescheduled speaker, Fr. John Valadez, as he presents the topic of Digital Iconoclasm. The Friends presentation begins at 4pm, and will be followed Vespers and a potluck. In the meantime, please read about all the happenings at the monastery in our June Newsletter.

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