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

16 Days campaign to end gender-based violence

Each year Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Persons (ACRATH) participates in the United Nation’s 16 Days Campaign to end gender-based violence. The campaign begins on 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of...

John Wallis Memorial Lecture unpacks Fratelli Tutti

Our mission entity, Highways and Byways - A Community of Service, hosts an annual John Wallis Memorial lecture in honour of our founder Fr John Wallis. The Hobart Branch of Highways and Byways is pleased to announce that the 2020 memorial lecture...

Small grants program now open! $3000 grants available

We're excited to announce that our mission entity, Highways and Byways - A Community of Service has opened the next round of its Small Grants Program. There are $3000 grants up for grabs around the theme, 'Healing the Land - Healing Ourselves -...

Invitation to host fundraising dinner at home

With COVID restrictions easing in Victoria, and case numbers remaining low (or zero) across Australia, we're so pleased that shared meals can finally be a reality again! With this in mind, we invite you to host a Highways and Byways Fundraising...

Missionary Sisters of Service Community
 safeguarding information and commitment

The Missionary Sisters of Service recognise the inherit dignity of all people and are committed to creating and maintaining an environment that is safe, supportive, caring and nurturing for all children and adults at risk. In line with new national...

Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons achieves 50th ratification

We are pleased to share the news that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has achieved its 50th ratification at a recent UN event in New York (view a short celebratory video here). This means the Treaty will enter-into-force in 90...

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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