Russia is in desperate need of more religious vocations, both native and foreign! It is a high priority for us to seek out persons who might be called to the priesthood or religious life and to labor in the Russian Far East.

As the Catholic Church in Russia matures, there will inevitably be more native Russians who will answer the call to serve God. But first, we need clergy from other nations willing to serve in this great mission frontier.

Fr. Myron Effing, CJD, and Fr. Daniel Maurer, CJD, have begun an order of Canons Regular, called the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord (CJD).   Fr. Myron has penned 2 Vocation Interest letters. One is entitled Fused Life as an Ideal for Canons. The other is Nobility of Obedience.

Help Our Seminarians

The order is growing as more and more young men discover it on the Internet or feel drawn to CJD communities in their own countries. Right now, we have 2 American priests serving in Vladivostok (Fr. Myron and Fr. Dan) and 1 Russian, Fr. Nikita Kushnaryev, CJD. In addition, we have seminarians who spend their year of novitiate in Vladivostok. They celebrate the liturgy with us, study the Russian language, and serve the needy in our area.

We also have CJD seminarians studying in Indonesia, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, and a number of other countries. Depending on the country and situation, the cost of supporting 1 seminarian for a year ranges from about $4,000 to $9,500. Compare this to the United States, where 1 year of support for a seminarian can range from $30,000 to $40,000.

As the number of seminarians grows, we will need benefactors who are willing to help support them. And as these young men are ordained, they are more able to support their own communities.  Ultimately, each community seeks to become self-sustaining.  But until that occurs, we still need donors who can help us out.  Please contact us if you wish to contribute.

Sisters in Jesus the Lord

An order of sisters also has formed for service in Russia. The Sisters in Jesus the Lord now have sisters serving in Vladivostok and nearby Russian Island.  The sisters are active in pro-life work, music ministry, and college outreach.  Their community in the United States is in Raytown, Missouri.


If you feel that you might be called to be a priest, brother, sister, or lay worker in the Russian Far East, please email one of our contacts below or call our mission office in Modesto, California.  If you wish to support our seminarians through regular donations or a one-time gift, please contact us or use the donate button below.

Russian & EnglishFr. Myron Effing, CJD
Russian, English, Spanish & FrenchFr. Daniel Maurer, CJD
Italian & TagalogFr. Patrick Napal, CJD
USAFr. Kumud Nayak, CJD
VietnamBro. Peter Cao, CJD
IndonesiaFr. Yohanes Marinus, CJD
KazakhstanFr. Patrick Napal, CJD
Sisters in Jesus the Lordinfo@cjd.cc

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