The 70th anniversary of the founding of the Missionary Sisters of Service is being celebrated around Australia this year with several events, reports the Archdiocese of Hobart.
There has only been one religious order founded in Tasmania – the Missionary Sisters of Service.
It was founded by the late Fr John Wallis who wrote: 'With zeal kindled by prayer and reflection… they go forth along the highways of the plains and byways of the mountains and valleys, seeking out children beyond the reach of the Catholic schools…'
The order started with four women at 1 Frederick Street, Launceston, on July 8, 1944. It was a response to the needs of rural families for connection with the Church and the sisters have always gone into the ‘highways and byways’ responding to peoples’ needs at the time. They continue to minister wherever they are today and have established the John Wallis Foundation to ensure the future of their work.
The 70th anniversary of their founding is being celebrated around Australia this year with several events. On Sunday July 13, Archbishop Julian Porteous was the principal celebrant at a special Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart. He was joined by concelebrants Frs Graeme Howard, John Williams, Frank Bertagnolli and Bob Curmi.
The Cathedral was packed with friends and family of the sisters from far and wide, as well as many Cathedral parishioners.
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