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

***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. 
***April 27, 2017 CHRIST IS RISEN! There will be no Friends Gathering this month. Instead, please enjoy the April newsletter here. Thank you for your prayers for the imminent completion  of the new monastery chapel!
***March 24, 2017 Please enjoy our March newsletter here which includes information about this Sunday's Friends gathering. Our speaker will be Fr. Charalambos Fox who will address the topic "The Sunday Scriptural Readings for Great Lent."
***February 28, 2017***February newsletter now available
***February 21, 2017 There will be no Friends Gathering this Sunday- Forgiveness Sunday. We wish you all a blessed Great and Holy Lent!
***January 26, 2017 Sponsor a sconce.  We have 4 left. What is a sconce? Clue: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 118: 105
***January 26, 2017 Please enjoy our first newsletter of 2017 here which includes information about this Sunday's Friends Gathering. Our speaker will be Charles Ajalat who will address the topic "Are we living now in the kingdom of God?" 
***December 25, 2016 Christ is born! Glorify Him!
***December 17, 2016 Blessed Advent to all! Please enjoy our current Christmas newsletter here. There will be on Friends Gathering this month. 
***December 10, 2016  
New product! Healing herbal salve made by the nuns now available here or at a discount here. Pocket-sized and excellent for healing scratches, bumps, bites, bruises and minor wounds.

***December 4, 2016 Blessed Feast Day of the Great Martyr Barbara. O holy great-martyr Barbara, pray to God for us!

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