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

***May 24th, 2023 Enjoy the monastery's May Newsletter.  
***May 24th, 2023 We regret to announce that there will be no Friends Gatherings in May and June. We hope to see you again at the end of July for our next Gathering. 
***April 26th, 2023  Join us for our next monastery Friends' Gathering this Sunday, April 30th, at 4 pm. Fr John Finley will speak on St. Nikolai of Zica: The Life and Times of a Modern Day Saint. Vespers will be served at 5 pm followed by a potluck supper. Bring a friend and some food to share!
***April 26th, 2023  April Newsletter now available here
 ***April 20th, 2023 Join the sisters and the parishioners of St. Herman Church  to celebrate Thomas Sunday (April 23rd)/ Anti-Pascha at St. Herman Church in Oxnard. We will also be celebrating St. George that day! 

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