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

***August 22, 2018 Here is the monastery's August Newsletter. Our next Friends of the Monastery Gathering will be this Sunday, Aug. 26, beginning at 4pm with our featured speaker, Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett. For more information, please see this month's newsletter.
***July 26, 2018 Our latest newsletter is now available here. Our July Friends of the Monastery gathering will be held at 4pm this Sunday, July 29, featuring the Archpriest Michael Laffoon speaking on the topic of the holy chrismation. For more information, please refer to the newsletter.
***June 20, 2018 Read about this month's monastery news here. The Friends of the Monastery Gathering will take place this Sunday, June 24th, and will feature Fr. Charalambos Fox speaking on "When Brothers Dwell Together in Unity." 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***May 23, 2018 Please read about the latest monastery plans and news in this month's newsletter here. Please note: there will NO friends of the Monastery Gathering this month due to Pentecost Sunday. Our next Friends gathering will be on the last Sunday in June.
***April 25, 2018 Christ is risen! Please enjoy our Pascha newsletter here. This month's Friends Gathering on Sunday, April 29, features Mother Melania, abbess of Holy Assumption Monastery who will speak on Gender, Marriage & Sexuality: Winning the Cultural Wars with the Weapon of Peace. Bring a friend and a dish to share! 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***March 27, 2018 There will be a Pre-sanctified Liturgy at the monastery tomorrow, Wednesday, March 28th, at 4pm served by hieromonk Dionysie. Meal to follow.
***March 23, 2018 Even though the grounds of our property may still be wet from the major storm that swept through our area this week, we still plan on having the Friends of the Monastery Gathering this Sunday. Hwy 150/ Ojai Rd remains open and the monastery property faired well through the rains. Thank you for your prayers.
***March 21, 2018 Read about the latest monastery news here. God-willing, we will meet for our monthly Friends Gathering this Sunday, March 25th, with Emily Wilkinson, director of the Pro-Life Ministry (St Andrew Church, Riverside, CA) speaking. The talk begins at 4pm, followed by Vespers and a potluck supper. If Hwy 150 is closed due to mudslides from the coming rains, we will post a notice on our website to this effect, so check back here before you come.
***February 22, 2018 Enjoy the February Monastery Newsletter here.
***February 22, 2018
There will be NO Friends' Gathering this month due to Sunday of Orthodoxy celebrations. We wish you a blessed Great Lent!
***January 23, 2018 Mother Victoria will be giving this month's Friends Gathering talk this Sunday entitled What is Worship? The Meaning of the Liturgical Services. We will gather at 4pm for the talk followed by Vespers and a potluck.  Please enjoy our latest newsletter here.
***December 23, 2017 Enjoy our Christmas Newsletter here. Christ is born! Glorify Him!
***December 11, 2017 Fire Update: We moved back to the monastery Saturday morning. We are settling back into our normal round of services. We still have no telephone or internet, but power was restored last night. We are thankful to have a monastery to come back to. Many thanks to our amazing firefighters and service workers. And thank you to our many friends for your concern and prayers!
***December 9. 2017 4:10pm 
Fire Update: Our community returned to the monastery this morning. Thankfully, all that burned was our main lavender field and monastery sign at the entrance even though the fire jumped the creek and burned up our bank. The fire surrounded the monastery (the hillside and entire perimeter of the monastery is burnt) but, miraculously, none of our main or secondary structures were touched. We are still without power and are composing this message from a nearby Starbucks. Thank you for your many prayers and messages of concern. Please continue keep those who remain in harm's way in your prayers. Glory to God for all things!

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