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Sisters with Bishop Johnston
Sisters in Jesus the Lord with Bishop Johnston.

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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

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.

Major Ice Storm in Vladivostok

A major ice storm on November 20 closed the bridge between Vladivostok and Russian Island, where our convent is located.

Sr. Faustina and Mother Stella in icy landscape

Sr. Faustina and Mother Stella in front of Dom Marii convent a few days after the storm.

The top of the church gate coated with ice

The top of the church gate after the ice storm.

Special Prayer Request

Sister Catherine in front of church
Sister Catherine Marie standing in front of Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church, Vladivostok, Russia, on a snowy Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, March 19, 2020

Let us all consider carefully the enormous power of prayer that is ours and pour all of our days into prayers for the sick and dying, the medical teams and all people who are putting their own lives on the line each day, our leaders to have wisdom to guide us through so many unknowns, for all citizens to take the present situation seriously, for the deepening of our own faith and that of all the people of the world. Special prayers, please, for our four sisters in Russia where the first announcements of the virus are just beginning.

Gardening season has begun at the convent!

Sisters weeding their garden
Mother Julia and Sister Maria Damiana working up the weeds from around our Johnathan apple tree.

Flowers are in bloom, birds are singing, and the yard work is calling.

Christmas Celebration with students at Dom Marii

On December 25, the sisters in Russia had students from the nearby University and members of our brother community, Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord, join them at their convent. Being together and celebrating Christmas meant a great deal to the students. They each carried a lit candle to the nativity scene, and enjoyed caroling in multiple languages, fellowship, festive food, and a gift exchange.

University Students with the Sisters for a Christmas Celebration
These are the university students that joined our sisters for Christmas. They are from many different countries and far away from home and family.
student and sister carving meat
Sister Catherine Marie and a student from the university carving the meat to be served for their meal.
students playing games
We had three shifts to pick up the students, since there were 42 of us! The first two shifts of students had fun playing games such as Jenga and UNO while waiting for dinner : ) Pictured here are some of the newer members of our brother community, Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord.

Vladivostok first graders visit the church

children with Fr. Maurer and Sr. Maria Stella at the organ
Sister Maria Stella and Fr. Daniel Maurer gave an organ demonstration for local first graders at Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church, Vladivostok, Russia. It was a special time for the children. Fr. Dan explained how the organ works, and spoke of the meaning of Christmas, and Sr. Maria Stella played the organ and the harp.


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!