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 stand with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their struggles to achieve a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty processes and truth-telling.

News & Events

Get up to date with our April 2021 newsletter

We are excited that our April 2021 MSS and Highways and Byways - A Community of service newsletter is now available for reading. The April edition of Highways and Byways features an array of inspiring and uplifting stories about the important and...

MSS Whyalla foundation celebrates golden jubilee

March 31 marks the 50-year anniversary of the foundation of the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) in the Port Pirie Diocese. On this date in 1971, Sisters Frances McShane and Helen Haywood MSS (deceased) arrived in Whyalla. They had stayed with...

MSS meeting the challenges of today

“…like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 In Frederick...

Reflection for World Day of Social Justice, February 20

Our friend Andrew Hamilton SJ has kindly share this reflection to mark World Day of Social Justice on 20th February. In Australia the World Day of Social Justice goes pretty much unnoticed. It is swamped by the start of the school year, the...

Catholic Religious Australia against COVID-19 vaccine nationalism

The Missionary Sisters of Service are members of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA). CRA has recently put out a media statement expressing its opposition to the stockpiling of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy nations and supports an equitable...

An unexpected gift, Fr John Wallis portrait on canvas

We are excited to show off a beautiful new gift that is gracing the wall of our MSS office in Melbourne. Jeff Byrne has been a director of our Highways and Byways – A Community of Service Board for the past seven years. During this time, we’ve been...

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.


Missionary Sisters of Service
PO Box 2075
Rangeview Vic 3132

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