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 call for a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution. We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk together with First Nations people in a spirit which encompasses voice, treaty and truth-telling to ensure a better future for all.

News & Events

Pat Kelly, a life of humble service

Pat Kelly was born in Townsville, Queensland, and joined the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1962, aged 23. During her years she has worked in parishes and the Correspondence School and where needed conducted Family Clusters and Effectiveness...

Journey continues for Voice to Parliament

It’s official. Australians will be voting in a referendum before the end of 2023, to determine whether we, as a nation, support an Indigenous Voice to Parliament being enshrined in the  Constitution. The MSS, together with the Australian Catholic...

Celebrating 79 years since our foundation

On 8th July 2023, our community celebrates our 79th anniversary of the MSS beginnings. We certainly have much for which to be grateful and rejoice in the fact that our mission is still continuing through each one of us and the great work of...

Vale Beryl Gleeson MSS

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Beryl Gleeson MSS died on Monday 19 June, aged 88 years. We extend our condolences to Beryl’s family and friends, and to our community of women who are mourning the loss of this wonderful woman....

MSS at Mission: One Heart, Many Voices conference

Our congregational leader, Stancea Vichie, attended the sixth Mission: One Heart Many Voices national conference held in Sydney from 3-5 May 2023. The conference is held every two years, and is convened by Catholic Religious Australia in...

Indigenous Voice to Parliament webinar series

We're pleased to share that Catholic Social Services Victoria and Catholic Social Services Australia are hosting a three-part webinar series on this year’s Voice to Parliament Referendum. The joint event, titled Indigenous Voice to Parliament:...

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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Box Hill ,Vic, 3128

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