Highways & Byways: newsletter of the Missionary Sisters of Service and Highways and Byways – A Community of Service
In April, August and December each year, the Missionary Sisters of Service together with Highways and Byways: A Community of Service publish a newsletter called Highways and Byways.
Our combined newsletter includes latest news, upcoming events and stories of the Sisters and those involved with the Sisters across the Highways and Byways of Australia and beyond. The newly formed Highways and Byways – a Community of Service is an extension of the MSS mission and incorporates the John Wallis Foundation’s purpose in providing an annual small grants program, and supporting socially and geographically isolated communities. We share its news in the newsletters, as well!
In this edition, Highways and Byways – A Community of Service provide a snapshot of four programs that have been funded as part of its small grants program. This year, to mark the 75th year of the Missionary Sisters of Service, we’ve focused the grants program in areas where the MSS have lived and worked at some stage since 1944. The 26 projects funded are across four states – 13 in Tasmania, five in NSW, 5 in SA and 3 in Queensland. And in MSS news, we have lots of photos and stories about our many 75-year celebrations and book launches! Enjoy the read!
In this edition, Highways and Byways – A Community of Service report on recent meetings held in Toowoomba and Roma to develop Highways and Byways partnerships to support rural communities. They also report on four wonderful 2018 grants which had had great outcomes thanks to you our supporters. In MSS news we announce the arrival of Food for the Highways and Byways, our stunning full colour, coffee table treasure, which features wonderful recipes and stories from the lives of the MSS and our supporters over the last 75 years. Margaret Windsham mss, from Toowoomba shares her life story with us, and we congratulate Margaret Kenny, celebrating 60 years of profession. Enjoy the read!
In this edition, MSS Congregational Leader Stancea Vichie announces our exciting new organisation Highways and Byways – A Community of Service, which will be absorbing all the activity of the John Wallis Foundation. Read also of the MSS and friends pilgrimage around Tasmania to begin the celebrations of 75 years as a Congregation, and our wonderful memorial on Bruny Island Tasmania to acknowledge our founder Fr John Wallis.
We also have photos of our wonderful High Tea held in Melbourne, and some terrific project outcomes in Swansea, Forster and Coffs Harbour. Thank you for your continued support in 2018. Enjoy the read!
In this edition, we share the good news stories of people doing great things with support of the John Wallis Foundation. As well as doing beautiful things for their communities, these people inspire us to yet new efforts to connect with people in situations of disadvantage. In MSS news, we hear of a small group of women sharing the mission of the MSS over a meal, and we share with you some of Lorraine Groves MSS’ story – ‘a women with the smell of the sheep’. Enjoy the read!
In this edition, we share how the spirit might be moving the hearts and lives of the Missionary Sisters and friends, to create a new spiritual movement that will enable people in their everyday lives to carry on the charism of the MSS. We also share some photos from our participation, along with members of the John Wallis Foundation, in the 2017 Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney. What a blast we had! In John Wallis Foundation news, the great work in small communities goes on! In this edition, we share the impact of five community projects funded by the Foundation. Enjoy the read!