The recent story of the mother who returned her adopted child to Russia, and the abundance of orphans there, piqued my interest in these Catholic Sisters, who are dedicating themselves to serving Russia, and particularly her orphans:
Sisters in Jesus the Lord is a Private Association of the Faithful in the process of becoming a religious institute, based in Kansas City, Missouri, sending sisters to Vladivostok, Russia and eventually other countries, too.
So, they are not yet considered a full-fledged religious community, but -as they recount in this (pdf) newsletter- they have progressed to the point that they are recognized by their bishop as a community in formation, able to wear their habits and take religious names, although for now their vows are “private” and not canonical.
As they are dedicated to evangelizing and serving Russia, the sisters are being tutored in Russian language and custom as they work toward their degrees.
Their latest (pdf) newsletter has pictures from a recent stint in Russia, where it looks very cold, and they recount several interesting stories about the sort of reception they have received there. They also tell what they really need to keep going: frequent flier miles!
And their habits are a shade of red (they call it burgundy, I call it red). You know how I feel about red. Any shade, from rose to magenta, seems like the perfect color for a religious habit, to me!