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

***September 20th, 2023 
Here is the latest monastery newsletter.

You are invited to join us for the next Friends of the Monastery Gathering this Sunday, Sept. 24th, at 4pm. 

Fr. Lawrence Russell will be sharing a beautiful presentation entitled Our Heavenly Patron, St. Gerasim of Boldino: A Parish Story

Vespers and a potluck will follow. 

Please bring a dish to share. Also, if you have extra fruits or veggies from your backyard harvest, please bring it along to share at our monastery's Backyard Bounty Giveaway. All are welcomed to share and partake of the bounty, without charge.
***September 4th: This Friday, Sept. 8th, Fr. Jude will serve a Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
***September 4th: Save the Date!

Oct. 6-8th
Sacred Arts Festival
hosted by St. Athanasius
Registration required.

Click here for more information.
***September 1st, 2023 Sunday Divine Liturgy will resume at the monastery beginning this Sunday, Sept. 3rd. 
***August 23rd, 2023 Enjoy the latest monastery newsletter with information on this Sunday's Friends' Gathering. Our speaker will be V. Rev. George Ajalat who will be giving a talk on "Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Life of a Christian." The presentation will begin at 4 pm, followed by Vespers and a potluck. Please bring some food to share with everyone.
***August 22th, 2023  Divine Liturgy on Sundays will resume at the monastery beginning in September. 
***July 26th, 2023 Our July newsletter announcing the upcoming Friends' Gathering is now available here.   On Sunday, July 30th, Deacon Benjamin Garcia will give the presentation "Vocations and Orthodoxy: Discerning God's Calling in Our Lives." The Gathering will begin at 4pm, followed by Vespers at 5pm and a potluck at 6pm. Please bring a dish to share! 

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