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

Kath Clune MSS features in book

Kath Clune MSS features in a book by Dr Maggie Kirkman, titled Times of Our Lives: Celebrating Older Women. Dr Kirkman interviewed Kath a couple of times for the book, which aims to pose this challenge: to see old age as an opportunity to continue...

Cheryle Thomson MSS enjoying her new home in Port Pirie, SA

Having left her hometown of Port Pirie, South Australia, 50 years ago, Cheryle Thomson MSS has now moved back. Cheryle will celebrate her 50-year anniversary next month having joined the MSS in January 1974, aged 23-years. As a Missionary Sister of...

Save the date! Bruny Island 2024 pilgrimage

Tasmania’s Bruny Island, on Nuenonne Country, is historically significant to the MSS. It’s the place where our story begins. It was on Bruny Island that our founder, Fr John Wallis, first heard the call of a mother, Mrs Kit Hawkins, who asked: ‘Who...

Congratulations to award recipient Lorraine Groves MSS

Congratulations to Lorraine Groves MSS, who was awarded the Guildford Young Medal for Service to Community in Tasmania in November 2023. Lorraine was among a group of nine people who were awarded the Guilford Young Medal at St Mary’s Catholic...

MSS Scholarship recipient announced

The Missionary Sisters of Service are thrilled to announce that Monique Saywell is the successful applicant for the 2024 MSS Scholarship in honour of our 80th anniversary of foundation.  This scholarship will enable Monique to undertake a Masters...

Graced Beyond Telling, a book by Corrie van den Bosch MSS

We are so excited to share the news that Corrie van den Bosch MSS has written a beautiful book titled, Graced Beyond Telling - A Soul's Dark Journey. Published by Coventry Press, this book tells the story of Corrie's growing up in life, in faith,...

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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