Missionary Sisters of Service

A mission of love and service into the highways and byways.

A Mission of Love and Service

We, the Missionary Sisters of Service, are a community of women called in the Spirit to share life with one another and with people wherever we are. We are sent to bring the Good News into the Highways and Byways. We commit ourselves to pastoral service, enabling others as well as ourselves, to be transformed by the power of the Gospel.

Our Sisters

Our women have come from all walks of life and from across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. We share the common desire to be a living presence of God’s love and friendship in the world, particularly for those who are marginalised.

First Peoples

We, the Missionary Sisters of Service, acknowledge that our work and our homes are on the sacred land and waterways of the many cultural groups of the First Nations peoples of Australia. We stand with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and accept the ongoing invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk together with First Nations people in a spirit that encompasses voice, treaty and truth-telling to ensure a better future for all.

News & Events

Graced Beyond Telling launched in Tasmania

On Saturday 13 April, Graced Beyond Telling: A Soul’s Dark Journey had its second launch, this time in Hobart, Tasmania. The Hobart branch of Highways and Byways, Healing the Land, Healing Ourselves, Together ('Highways and Byways') organised the...

Celebrating 80 years of the MSS in 2024

It is with great joy that we commemorate and celebrate the 80-year anniversary of our foundation in 2024. Though we say this often, it does bear repeating—we have so much to be thankful for, with much of that gratitude extending to so many of you...

Profound experience at historic Indigenous theological conference

The University of Divinity recently hosted a historic four-day journey at the Raising Our Tribal Voice for Justice: An Indigenous Theological Revolution conference. Congregational leader, Stancea Vichie MSS, Bernadette Wallis MSS and Geraldine...

MSS archiving volunteer Mary Williams reflects on Tasman Island visit

What a great privilege and joy it was, to recently travel with Bernadette Wallis MSS, and Julia Walsh, Assistant Archivist for the MSS, on a trip to the iconic Tasman Island. Bernadette had suitably prepped us on the drive to the Tasman Peninsula...

Pat Quinn MSS reflects on Tasman Island, a special place for MSS

At the age of 84, I find myself reflecting on an exciting and satisfying life’s journey. As our local Sisters in Toowoomba age, I appreciate the bonds formed through a lifetime of pursuing a common vision. From our many years travelling to remote...

Graced Beyond Telling, book launched

In a spirit of great joy and anticipation, Corrie van den Bosch MSS launched her new book, Graced Beyond Telling - A Soul's Dark Journey in Melbourne on 15 February 2024. More than 100 guests attended the launch at St Thomas the Apostle school and...

Our History

We, the Missionary Sisters of Service, were founded in 1944 in Tasmania, by a young visionary priest, Fr John Corcoran Wallis. Six courageous pioneering women, Alice Carroll, Joyce O’Brien, Gwen Morse, Kath Moore, Valerie Casey and Agnes Ryan, were the first to say ‘yes’ to this new Spirit-filled adventure.

Books For Sale

We have a range of books for sale that delve into the story of our founder, Fr John Wallis, and the history and story of our congregation. Proceeds from the book sales go toward the missionary and outreach work of our congregation.

Dear Mother Dear Father Letters Home from John Corcoran Wallis 1927-1949

Author: Bernadette T. Wallis 

This latest book contains a series of letters written between 1927-1949 by Fr John Wallis to his parents and family, which give us a rare and precious insight into his life as a seminarian and young priest.

Food for the Highways and Byways: Celebrating 75 Years of the Missionary Sisters of Services

This commemorative cookbook celebrates 75 years of the Missionary Sisters of Service in 2019 and brings together an array of recipes, stories, historical information and photos.

The Silent Book – A Deaf Family and the Disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language

Author: Bernadette T. Wallis 

In this book, Bernadette Wallis MSS tells the life story of her Deaf parents from different parts of Victoria, including their Deaf education in the Catholic system and how the Australian-Irish Sign language was brought into Australia through the Dominican sisters.

Around the Kitchen Table with the Missionary Sisters of Service

Author: Penelope Edman

In this book, Penny Edman provides a detailed portrait of the spirit and heart of the Missionary Sisters of Service, a Tasmanian-bred, Australian-grown congregation of religious women.


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