The port town of Magadan in eastern Siberia was first established in 1929 as a concentration camp. Under the Soviet regime, it was the principal center of a regional labor camp system and the port of entry for thousands of deported victims. Until 1991, the area was a strict military exclusion zone.
Today, the town of Magadan has a population of about 96,000. Magadan and Moscow are separated by almost 3,750 miles, and the time difference between them is no less than eight hours.
Magadan’s Parish of the Nativity of Christ was established in 1990, shortly before the end of the Soviet Union. It was one of the first Catholic parishes in Russia‘s Far East; prior to its construction, area Catholics worshiped in a private room. The parish’s current church was completed in 2002.
Fr. Michael Shields shares his experience as a priest in Magadan, Russia.
Decades of Soviet communism have left a deep wound in the souls of Russians. Materialism, atheism, relativism, all traits of the soviet regime are now present in Western societies. Fr. Shields warns us about the consequences of a society away from God.