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

November 19, 2021 There will be no Gathering of the Friends of the Monastery this month.

However, please join His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, and the Sisters on the following days to celebrate the Feast of the Great Martyr Barbara:

Friday, Dec. 3rd, 4 pm 
Vigil 

Saturday, Dec. 4th, 10 am 
Divine Liturgy
(preceded by 3rd & 6th Hour 
at 9:30 am)

Festal meal to follow.

***October 28, 2021 Our October newsletter is available here. Also, join us for this month's Friends' Gathering this Sunday, Oct. 31, beginning at 4pm. Former property development manager, Mitchell Denny, will give a presentation entitled "Lavender of the Field": Reflections on my Seven Years at St. Barbara Monastery." Bring your favorite dish to share at the potluck!
***September 21, 2021  We regret to announce that there will be NO Friends Gathering this month. Be sure to read our Newsletter this month with its extraordinary monastery news!
***August 27, 2021 We welcome Abbess Melania (Holy Assumption Monastery) who will be giving a talk at our Friends Gathering this Sunday, Aug. 29, at 4pm. The talk is entitled: The Beatitudes and the Pursuit of Happiness. The announcement of this talk is on our August Newsletter available here. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck following Vespers!
***July 16, 2021 Please enjoy our July Newsletter. We will be resuming our Friends of the Monastery Gathering at the end of this month-- on Sunday, July 25th. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck. 4pm presentation; 5pm Vespers; 6pm potluck. Our featured speaker will be V. Rev. John Finley. His talk is entitled "Creating a False Utopia: St Nikolai's Words for Us Today."
***May 8, 2021 Pascha Newsletter 2021
***May 2, 2021 Christ is risen!  Indeed He is risen!
***March 3, 2021 Please enjoy what we are calling our February- March edition of our Monastery Newsletter. We wish you all a blessed Lenten season!
***January 28, 2021 Please enjoy reading our January Newsletter here.

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