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 20, 2017 Licensed clinical psychologist, Dr Xenia Serena Enke,  will be presenting on the topic of "An Orthodox Perspective on Depression" at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. Presentation begins at 4pm, followed by 5pm Vespers and a potluck supper at 6pm. 

The September newsletter is available here.
***August 23, 2017 Fr Calinic Berger will be presenting a talk entitled Inner Prayer and Psalm 50: Our Daily Renewal at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. Enjoy our August newsletter here and see you at the gathering. 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***July 27, 2017 Read our latest newsletter here. And join us for the Friends of the Monastery Gathering this Sunday, July 30th, at 4pm to hear speaker Jane Meyer address the topic "Fighting for Beauty in a Fallen World." 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck.
***June 22, 2017 Please enjoy our latest newsletter here. The June Friends Gathering will be this Sunday, June 25th, featuring Sister Margarete on the topic of "The Female Deaconate: Questions and Considerations." 4pm presentation, 5pm Vespers, 6pm potluck. 
***May 24, 2017 The May edition of the monastery newsletter is available here. We hope to see you at the next Friends of the Monastery Gathering this Sunday, May 28th. Fr Arkadiusz Mironko will give a fascinating talk at 4pm entitled "The Holy Things- The Liturgy and the Economy of Service." Please bring a dish to share at the potluck following the talk and Vespers.
***May 14, 2017 A few photos from the consecration of the new monastery chapel of Sts. Barbara and Eugene. 

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