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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

Vocation Discernment Retreat: February 17-19, 2023

5:00 pm on Friday to 3:00 pm on Sunday

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Could the Lord be calling you to become completely His? Could He be calling you to give your life to fulfill Our Lady of Fatima's request to help convert Russia? Come and See!

Do you love sacred music and liturgy, teaching the faith to all ages, including Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and pro-life work of all kinds? Come and see if Jesus could be calling you to become a canoness!

The retreat will be at the sisters' convent at St. Mary's Parish in St. Joseph, Missouri (just north of Kansas City, Missouri). Bring a Bible, a journal, and a nicer outfit for Sunday Mass.

Please call or text 816 585-7202 or email to register. Our address is 1606 North 2nd St, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64505-2597

"And I will allure her and speak to her heart…"—Hosea 2

November Update from Mother Stella—

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Catholic Student Group, Vladivostok, Russia October 2022

So much has happened since the beginning of September! Thank you all for your prayers for my safe return to the US after spending five weeks with Sr. Catherine and Sr. Faustina in Russia. Some of you know that I was bit by a dog the evening before leaving Vladivostok and ended up in urgent care. Read more, including how God worked a miracle for Mother Stella!

Read more, including how God worked a miracle for Mother Stella!

Mother Stella interviewed

Dr. Pascual at microphone

Here is a link to a recent radio interview Mother Stella did for "Sounds of the Spires" with Dr. Jennifer Pascual:

Since 2006, Dr. Pascual, Director of Music for Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, has been hosting the radio program "Sounds from the Spires." It can be heard SIRIUSXM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel.


Rachel's Vineyard in Russia

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Rachel's Vineyard Retreat in Ussurijsk, Russia

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.

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

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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!


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


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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!