Highways and Byways Women
Our Sisters’ Stories
Today there are 26 of us living in Australia – in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia. Though older and less mobile, we continue to reach out and be with people in their ordinary, everyday lives, no matter who they are and from what background they have come.
Cecilia Bailey MSS Toowoomba, Queensland
Marie Carroll MSS Toowoomba, Queensland
Mary Cleary MSS Toowoomba, Queensland
Oakleigh East, Victoria
Inter Church Trade and Industry Ministry; and in Sydney as pastoral carer, and then as an enrolled nurse in St Vincent’s Hospice and psychiatric hospitals. Kath now lives in Melbourne where she enjoys gardening, U3A, her cat, and volunteering, which includes walking dogs for people with disabilities.
Nancy Doyle MSS Toowoomba, Queensland
Forest Hill Victoria
June Dunford was born in Parkes, New South Wales, and joined the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1959. She has worked and lived mainly in Tasmania and Melbourne, where she spent many years working in the Correspondence School for religious education, which reached out to families and their children across Australia and beyond. She also worked in MSS administration and finance. For many years, June worked in Eastern Palliative Care in Victoria, accompanying the loved ones of families as they neared the end of their life. June is highly skilled at many craft activities, especially knitting. She lives in Forest Hill, in Melbourne’s east.
Julianne Dunn MSS Hawthorn East, Victoria
Julianne was born in Melbourne and grew up in Cowes on Phillip Island in Victoria. She joined the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1957 and was in the first group of MSS who went to work in the vast areas of the Toowoomba Diocese in 1964. She was Archbishop Guildford Young’s secretary in Hobart for 18 years from 1965 during the aftermath of Vatican II. She also lived and worked in Canberra for a number of years at the Australian Catholic Bishops Secretariat, as well as on the north west coast of Tasmania until returning to Melbourne in 2006. She has maintained her life-long commitment to the Essendon Football Club.
Carmel Hall MSS Claremont, Tasmania
Beryl Gleeson MSS Toowoomba, Queensland
Lorraine Groves MSS, Claremont, Tasmania
Maureen Hickling MSS Bongaree, Queensland
Margaret Kenny MSS Sandringham, Victoria
Bernadette Madden MSS Nunawading, Victoria
Marcia McMahon MSS Clayton, Victoria
Forest Hill, Victoria
Frances McShane MSS Claremont, Tasmania
Pat Quinn MSS Toowoomba, Queensland
Pat Quinn was born in Melbourne in 1939. She joined the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1956, aged 17-years. The first half of her MSS life was spent in parish mission work in isolated areas of Tasmania and south west Queensland. She was given the opportunity to study overseas, and upon her return established The Portiuncula spiritual centre in Toowoomba, which provided counselling, spiritual direction and courses. Pat ran the centre for 27 years, and it was open to all. Pat lives in Toowoomba, Queensland, and is particularly known for her role in organizing a special pilgrimage to Tasmania as part of the MSS 75-year anniversary celebrations.
Cheryle Thomson MSS Whyalla, South Australia
Corrie van den Bosch MSS Blackburn South, Victoria
Forest Hill, Victoria
Bernadette Wallis MSS Melbourne, Victoria
Margaret Windsham MSS Toowoomba, Queensland
Remembering the Sisters
18 November 1960
20 January 1970
12 October 1973
Monica (Alice) Carroll, born 1889 in Hobart, was a founding member of the Congregation, 1944 at the age of 55. During World War II, Monica, prior to her joining the MSS, had held responsible positions in the Telephone Exchange. In the early years she held a leadership role in the community. We remember her as a courageous woman of faith, strong, disciplined, orderly, generous and kind. She loved her cup of very hot tea and had a witty sense of humour and playfulness.
(Kathleen) Vianney Moore 21 February 1987
Vianney (Kathleen) Moore, born 1910 in Hobart, was a founding member of the Congregation. We remember her as a beautiful, humble and gentle woman with a great missionary heart, a deep love for people and particularly for priests. A warm-hearted and compassionate listener, she endured much suffering with patience and great faith.
29 October 1989
Teresa (Gwen) Morse, born in 1906 in Devonport, was a woman with a deep contemplative visionary spirit, and eminent practicality. She may well be regarded as the co-foundress of our congregation. The first to offer herself for Father John’s vision, she was able to give it a distinctive feminine expression. She was the first elected member to be the Congregational leader in 1956. We remember her as a generous, wise, inspirational woman of grace and dignity, with an ability to draw out the best in people.
15 December 1989
12 August 1994
13 February 1996
27 April 2008
26 March 2009
29 May 2009
9 May 2010
15 May 2010
25 August 2011
Agnes Ryan, born in Perth Western Australia in 1915, joined the founding group in December 1944. She lived and worked in Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and finally in Victoria. With an education background, Agnes excelled in her work of forming a faith educated laity, especially for catechists and in the area of spirituality. We remember her as a woman of faith with a deep sense of mission, an educator par excellence, a pioneering spirit, always ready to push the boundaries of convention. Her fully active life was nourished by a deep contemplative spirit, purified in periods of great inner darkness, and blossoming into love. Her greatest joy was to lead others to experience the same spiritual riches.
2 July 2012
7 October 2012
29 May 2014
Joan Shannon, born in Brisbane in 1920, joined the Congregation in 1953. We remember Joan above all as a woman who exuded joy. With a sense of mission, a song in her heart and often on her lips, she was passionate about people, outgoing and energetic and with a special love of the outback and its people. With a mission as big as her heart, the highways and byways became skyways for her when, with Fr Terry Loth, she flew from Longreach to the most far-flung station families. Memories of Joan bring smiles to our faces.
30 April 2015
19 June 2015
Genevieve (Yue Soh) Ng was born 1937 in Singapore of Chinese heritage and joined the Congregation in 1958. We remember Genevieve as a larger-than-life woman, courageous, dynamic, colourful, generous, cheerful and kind, creative, and playful. Her love of the Lord, of the MSS mission, and of people impelled her to the beyond, to people most in need. She loved to entertain with food and stories, while her sufferings remained largely hidden.