Welcome to the Vladivostok Mission

We thank you for visiting our website. It contains the history and current news of the parishes and charitable works of the Vladivostok Mission and the regions we serve. Please pray for us. God bless you.
— Fr. Myron Effing, CJD

A Drawing Just in Time for Cool Weather!

Just picture this in your home! This stunning “Falling Leaves” quilt in Nature’s vibrant colors features 168 patchwork leaves cascading against an ivory background. Crafted and offered by longtime mission supporter Donna Hamilton, this calico cotton, machine stitched, hand quilted piece at 104” x 120” is ideal for a Queen or King bed, or even as a wall hanging.

A drawing will be held December 11, 2020 for this beautiful creation. Suggested donation is $10 per entry or $100 for 15 entries. For each entry, simply write your name, address, phone, and email on a 3” x 5” card or paper, and send it to the mission office (Vladivostok Mission, 1736 Milestone Cir., Modesto, CA 95357) along with your donation. (Hint: You can use address labels on your entries, but don’t forget to add your phone and email.)

Sponsor a Seminarian!

Brothers and SistersToday, we are now seeing many answers to our prayers for vocations. Mary Mother of God Mission Society was founded specifically for Russia. And now it looks like the next generation of priests here in Eastern Russia will come from a variety of countries, so we will continue to fund them from MMOG, as much as possible.

Please take a minute to meet some of the remarkable young men who are on their way to the priesthood or who have already been ordained. We pray you will consider sponsoring one of these seminarians to help them to the priesthood. Without the financial resources to support our growing number of seminarians, we will have to turn away candidates! We trust God will provide for His priests.

Who We Are

The mission society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the United States. It exists to revive the Roman Catholic Church in Eastern Russia. We are in union with the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. Our members are individuals, families, and organizations that prayerfully or financially support this effort, or who volunteer time or talent. If you are interested in joining this work, please contact us.

The Catholic Church in Eastern Russia

After the revolution of 1917, Russia became a showplace of the new Communist era, a land without churches and without God. Under Stalin, all Catholic churches were confiscated and many were then put to the most degrading uses imaginable. In 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist, leaving Russia and 15 other countries as independent nations. In 1992, two priests from the Midwest, Fr. Myron Effing, CJD and Fr. Daniel Maurer, CJD, arrived in Vladivostok to help re-establish the Church in eastern Russia. Since then—and with the mission society’s help—they have founded or re-founded 11 Catholic parishes, have developed numerous charitable initiatives, have created a variety of catechetical programs, and done much more.

Where We Are Helping

The main parish we assist is in Vladivostok, a coastal city of about 600,000 people. Most of the programs we support originate there and then spread to other cities throughout the region.