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Women…is the Lord calling you to be a missionary sister?

Religious sisters are needed worldwide who, through a witness of heroic holiness in action, will strive to make Jesus, who said, "I am the Truth," known, obeyed, and loved.

Sisters in Jesus the Lord is a Public Association of the Faithful under the authority of Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. in the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph, based in Kansas City, Missouri, serving there and sending sisters to Vladivostok, Russia (and eventually other countries, too). Learn more

Student Christmas Party in Russia

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Catholic Student Christmas Party, December 25, 2021

The Christmas student party in Vladivostok was a great success (39 people total). Each student carried a lit tea-light to baby Jesus in the Nativity as we sing "O come, let us adore Him" in various languages. We read from the Gospel and then had a wonderful meal, carols, and a gift exchange.

Rachel's Vineyard in Russia

Recent Sunrise on Russian Island
Rachel's Vineyard Retreat in Ussurijsk, Russia, November 4-6, 2021

Your prayers are opening many doors here. We have been contacted by several local Protestant churches interested in Rachel's Vineyard, and five of the ten recent participants at the above-pictured recent Rachel's Vineyard retreat for healing after abortion were pastors and pastors' wives, eager to bring healing to their congregations.

November 18 is becoming a special day to offer prayers in reparation for abortion throughout the world. This initiative started last year in Moscow, led by participants in Rachel's Vineyard. Soviet Russia was the first country to legalize abortion, on November 18, 1920.

There was also a pivotal vote in the United States at the National Organization for Women's National Conference (NOW) on November 18, 1967, where a vote was taken to add abortion to their Bill of Rights. In Moscow this year, there will be adoration at the Catholic cathedral and at other churches with several Masses offered.

We've moved!

Much has happened in the last month. After much prayer and discernment, with our bishop's blessing, on August 25, 2021, the 30th anniversary of Fr. Myron's first meeting with Catholics in Vladivostok (1991), we moved from Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Raytown, Missouri, to St. Joseph, Missouri, in our same diocese. We are located temporarily at St. Mary's parish until the convent at the Cathedral of St. Joseph is renovated.

See the article, "Sisters in Jesus the Lord announce move from Raytown to St. Joseph" on the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph website.

Our new mailing address and phone number are:
Sisters in Jesus the Lord
512 N 11th St.
St. Joseph, MO 64501

(816) 689-0837

Catholic children's summer gathering

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Children outside the oceanarium at the summer gathering on Russian Island.

Eighteen children from the city of Blagoveshchensk, Russia, traveled 26 hours by train to attend a Catholic summer gathering hosted in Dom Marii July 14-20, 2021. Children from our parish in Vladivostok joined us for this camp focused on the parables of Jesus. Each day consisted of morning and evening prayers, morning exercise, a catechism lesson, an afternoon outing, and an evening of fun and games. The children swam in the bay near Dom Marii, saw a dolphin show at the oceanarium, and got to walk inside an old submarine.

As many of the children from Blagoveshchensk had only attended Mass in a former apartment converted into a chapel, they were impressed by the sacred beauty of Most Holy Mother of God Catholic parish, where they attended Mass three times during the week. The children also had the blessing of attending Mass on Russian Island when Fr. Myron came one day to celebrate the Eucharist. Read more

Listen to an interview Mother Stella had on June 10, 2021 on the Institute of Religious Life's facebook page on "The Revival of the Church in Russia."
Read our Spring 2021 Newsletter

Announcing the Election of Our New Prioress

Sisters with Bishop Johnston
back row: L-R: Sr. Joanna Marie, Mother Julia Mary, Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., Sr. Maria Damiana, Sr. Faustina Marie front row: L-R: Sr Catherine Marie, Mother Maria Stella, Sr. Gemma Maria

The Sisters in Jesus the Lord joyfully announce the election of our new prioress, Mother M. Stella, as of October 2, 2020. Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph celebrated Mass for us and presided at the election. Mother Julia, now Mother Emerita, will continue to serve the community in an advisory role. We are grateful to Mother Julia for her many years of service as our foundress and first superior. We wish Mother M. Stella God's graces and blessings as she fulfills her term of office. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and for your loving suppport of our community and mission!

Mother Stella Radio Interviews

Dr. Pascual at microphone

Mother Stella was interviewed again by Dr. Jennifer Pascual on January 29, 2021 as she traveled back to Kansas City from Vladivostok. Listen to the interview here, and enjoy her beautiful organ music.

Mother Stella was interviewed on November 26, 2020 by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music for Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, who hosts the radio program "Sounds from the Spire." on SIRIUS XM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel. Listen to the interview here, and hear Mother Stella singing and playing organ and also the harp, while Sister Catherine Marie plays the flute.


Sisters with Fr. Mitch

Sisters in Jesus the Lord was blessed with the opportunity to share about our community and work in Russia on EWTN. Fr. Mitch Pacwa spoke with Mother Julia and Sr. Maria Damiana in the studio of "EWTN Live," and also spoke with Sr. Maria Stella, Sr. Catherine Marie, and Sr. Faustina Marie vis Skype. Watch the program on line at


candle being lit

Reviving the Roman Catholic Church in Eastern Russia: The Fathers in Vladivostok have made a new DVD about their mission, and it includes pictures of our sisters at work. We would be most grateful if you could watch the video and share it with your friends. Watching it will help your prayers take wings!