Food for the Highways and Byways: Celebrating 75 Years of the Missionary Sisters of Service

MSS Cookbook_Cover

Food for the Highways and Byways is our commemorative cookbook, which features more than 30 recipes (soups and starters, mains and desserts), photographs, prayers, information and many stories from the contributing sisters and friends. It is available from our Sisters in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia, and can also be purchased by downloading the order form here.  The book will also be available at all functions celebrating the 75th year of the Missionary Sisters of Service.

Victorian Launch of the Cookbook

Food for the Highways and Byways will be launched at 287 Smiths Road, Toolangi, Victoria on Sunday 5 May 2019.  Marcus Godinho, CEO of FareShare will officially launch the book for us on this occasion. Our photographer and book project manager, Fiona Basile, will also conduct a short QnA with Marcus about the book during the book launch. All are invited! Please RSVP to or call (03) 9873 5520.

The Silent Book:  A Deaf Family and the Disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language by Bernadette T. Wallis mss

The Silent Book Cover

Bernadette Wallis mss is the author of a newly published book entitled The Silent Book: A Deaf Family and the Disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language, the engrossing story, both deeply personal and historical, of the disappearing Australian-Irish sign language told through the experience of Bernadette’s own Deaf family. The story is embedded in the Australian landscape and its Aboriginal past. In writing this multi-layered story, Bernadette invites the reader into the vibrantly alert and alive silent world of her Deaf parents.

Click here for  The Silent Book Order Form.

Around the Kitchen Table by Penelope Edman

Around the Kitchen Table with the Missionary Sisters of Service is a portrait of the spirit and the heart of this Tasmanian-born, Australian-grown Congregation of Religious Women, written by Penelope Edman.

The MSS is the only religious congregation to be founded in Tasmania (1944) and one of only a few to be founded in Australia. Using story as its base, Around the Kitchen Table is told as a celebration of being different. The Sisters were missionaries in their own country, called to go “into the highways and byways” to families beyond the reach of Catholic schools in rural and outback Australia. Even as their mission focus has broadened, they remain in the highways and byways of life, their ability to be with people in their everyday lives still the hallmark of their call.

Click here to download an order form for the book.


Another book to be published late 2019

Dear Mother, Dear Father – John Corcoran Wallis’ Letters Home 1927 – 1949 by Bernadette T. Wallis, a second book to be published during this jubilee year.  It gives a fascinating and rich insight into the early life of Fr John Wallis from the time he entered the seminary at Springwood up, his early years as priest in the archdiocese of Hobart and through the early years of the Home Missionary Sisters of Our Lady, now known as Missionary Sisters of Service.