Our Spirituality

Spirituality of our Sisters

We, Missionary Sisters of Service, are inspired by the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our motto of ‘going out into the highways and byways’ comes from the parable in the Gospel of Luke 14:15-24. Like the people sent out in that parable, we seek out people wherever they are, in whatever they’re doing, visiting in homes, gathering in communities, supporting and empowering them in their lives and in the Love of God.


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Mary Cleary MSS, on life and mission

This year, Mary Cleary celebrated the diamond jubilee (60-year anniversary) of when she first joined the MSS. She was 22 years old, and had moved from her hometown of Warwick, a town about 130...
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Frances McShane MSS, a life of service and welcome

Frances McShane MSS was born in Broadmarsh, Tasmania and is one of nine in the family. She joined the MSS in 1960 and was professed on the Feast of the Assumption, 15 August 1963. Reflecting on her...
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My introduction to Fr John Wallis

Reflection by Catherine Carr, MSS Coordinator Fr John Wallis was born on 11th June 1910 in the Victorian country town of Yea. On 9th June 2022, 112 years after his birth, at the Melbourne home of...
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The mud and the lotus, holding joy and suffering together

In this moving and tender reflection, Corrie van den Bosch MSS explores the potential meaning of a dream she had. A dream that followed her reading a paper on Women and Suffering, which highlighted...
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Pondering the wonders of the universe

Between Christmas and New Year, Corrie van den Bosch MSS spent 'five glorious days' in Victoria’s High Country, in the company of twelve members of the Catholic Walking Club of Victoria. In a...

Taking time to pause for creation

Within the Christian faith tradition, the Season of Creation is from 1 September to 4 October, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. It is a time to focus our prayers and energy on care for Earth...



Heart of Connection Podcast

with Corrie van Den Bosch MSS, 25 July 2019

Mark Randall interviews Melbourne-based Missionary Sister of Service, Corrie van Den Bosch on the topic, ‘Connecting to the Divine Core’, discussing ‘being in the moment’, vitality, connecting with self, acceptance and love in our hearts.

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Heart of Connection Podcast

with Pat Quinn MSS, 24 March 2019

Mark Randall interviews Toowoomba-based Missionary Sister of Service, Pat Quinn on ‘My Heart Connection’, which explores the notions of a loving God, self-knowledge and awareness, freedom, truth and listening.

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Mountain District Radio interview

with Fiona Basile, 14 May 2019

Fiona is our media and communications person and was also our cookbook photographer. She spoke to Jay at 3DMR (Mountain District Radio in Victoria) about her documentary work with the MSS, the history and mission of the MSS and how the spirit and charism of MSS has impacted and inspired her.

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