O Holy Great Martyr Barbara, pray to God for us...

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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

***July 27, 2016 Read about the latest monastery news here. This month's Friends Gathering will be held on Sunday, July 31, featuring Archpriest John Finley who will be presenting  "St. Nikolai (Velimirovic) on the Healing the Soul".The talk begins at 4pm, followed by Vespers and a potluck.
***June 23, 2016  There will be NO Friends Gathering this month. You can read all about it and about the installation of our chapel domes in this month's newsletter.
***May 25, 2016 The May newsletter is available here. Please join us for Fr. Nazary Polataiko's presentation on "Worship & Iconography" this Sunday, May 29th, beginning at 4pm. Vespers and potluck to follow.
***April 28, 2016  We wish you all a blessed Holy Week and a glorious Pascha! Please enjoy our April Newsletter here.
***March 23, 2016

Access our March newsletter here and join us for our Friends Gathering this Sunday.  Our featured speaker is iconographer, Heather MacKean, who will talk is entitled "Theology of the Icon." 

4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***February 24, 2016 

Fr Iosif Bena, priest and physicist, will be giving this Sunday's Friends Gathering talk which begins at 4pm: 
Creation & Time:
an apophatic look at Genesis from a scientist's perspective.
For more information on our speaker, Fr Iosif, please see our February newsletter here.

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