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

National Day of Sorrow and Promise, 25 October

On Sunday, 25th October, our community of women will join in the Catholic Religious Australia National Day of Sorrow and Promise. This Day emerged to acknowledge survivors of abuse within the Catholic Church and all those who have been hurt by that...

On the road with Marie Murphy MSS

When it comes to the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS), it’s a good idea to get a map of Australia out for reference! It’s not long before the Sisters start reeling off names of remote towns in outback Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia...

Inundating the world with the energies of Love

A big thank you to all who joined our online Zoom meditation on October 4, marking the Feast day of St Francis of Assisi, and praying for the healing of our suffering world, and for an outpouring of love upon all of humanity. About 60 people from a...

MSS signs open letter to Prime Minister Morrison

The Missionary Sisters of Service are pleased to join with more than 300 organisations from across Australia in signing an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for more safe, secure and affordable housing. This initiative has been...

Invitation to all people who practice meditation

People throughout the world, from different spiritual traditions and cultures, meditate as part of their spiritual practice. One of our sisters, Corrie van den Bosch MSS, discerned over some time in prayer, that if all meditators, each in his/her...

Invitation to host fundraising dinner at home

For those of us in Victoria, we're really looking forward to the time when we can invite extended family and friends into our homes to share a lovely meal around the kitchen table. The current COVID pandemic has certainly provided many...

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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(03) 9873 5520
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