Nachodkah is a port city – and one of the easternmost cities in all of Russia. Looking out towards the Pacific Ocean, it is almost 3,950 miles from Moscow. That is about the same distance as from Berlin to New York!
The town has a population of some 160,000, and the local Catholic parish of Our Lady of the Pacific was established in the early 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. To this day the Catholic faithful have no proper church of their own and instead have to celebrate Holy Mass in private homes. Most of these do not have sufficient space for more than around 30 people to gather.
An Argentinean Institute in Russia. Mark Riedemann interviews Mother Radosty, the Superior of the Argentina-based Institute of the Incarnate Word who long wanted to be a missionary in Russia. Now she is and though the challenges are great – so too is the joy.