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Catholic Churches in Vladivostok, Russian Federation


About Vladivostok:

Vladivostok lies almost 4,000 miles (6,400 km) east of the capital of Moscow, and is one of the major cities in the Russian Far East.

The history of The Most Holy Mother of God parish, like most others in what was then the Soviet Union, is one of extreme persecution after the Communist revolution of 1917. The years from 1922 onward found many members of the parish executed or sent to slave labor camps to eventually die of starvation or disease.

Fast forward to December 1, 1989 when Pope John Paul II and Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John met in the Vatican to discuss reestablishment of the Catholic hierarchy in what was then the Soviet Union as well as establishment of diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

The situation improved further in 1992 when the parish re-opened. Today it has a small but devout congregation with many programs for charitable work, youth ministry, etc.  Their schedule is as follows:

Weekday Mass M-F: call for times
Saturday Mass: 8:30 am
Sunday Mass: 12:00 noon
Confessions: Half hour before every mass

There is also a local community of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne from Zaragosa, Spain.

In addition to Most Holy Mother of God parish, there are another 10 parishes that have been re-opened or founded here in the Russian Far East.

To contact Most Holy Mother of God Parish:

Address:     22 Volodarskovo Street   690001 Vladivostok, Russia

Tel:    (011) 7-4232-26-96-14     Fax: (011) 7-4232-26-96-16

Email:   Fr. Myron Effing, CJD: myron@catholic.vladivostok.ru
Fr. Daniel Maurer, CJD: daniel@catholic.vladivostok.ru

You can also contact them through their office in the U.S.

email:  usoffice@vladmission.org

Click here for the official website of Most Holy Mother of God Mission in Vladivostok

Be sure to click here for a video produced by the Mission about the Catholic Church in Eastern Russia.

Click here for a history of the Catholic Church in this area by Michael S. Rose.
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