Barbara Hateley mss: A Remarkable Woman Barbara Ann Hateley was born in Mt Gambier, South Australia.  In 1977 Barbara joined the Missionary Sisters of Service.  After a short period at Parkes in the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese, NSW, Barbara moved to Hobart, Tasmania.   For the next 35 years she served the people of the Island in many capacities, and always with a special concern for those 'on the margins. Barbara died 7 October 2012.  She was truly a remarkable woman.  Click here to read Barbara's story 

Barbara Hateley mss: A Remarkable Woman

Barbara Ann Hateley was born in Mt Gambier, South Australia.  In 1977 Barbara joined the Missionary Sisters of Service.  After a short period at Parkes in the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese, NSW, Barbara moved to Hobart, Tasmania.   For the next 35 years she served the people of the Island in many capacities, and always with a special concern for those 'on the margins. Barbara died 7 October 2012.  She was truly a remarkable woman.  Click here to read 

Barbara's story 
A Woman of All-embracing Compassion:  Beryl Gleeson mss Beryl Gleeson at the age of 77 years, is immersed in the Sudanese community in Toowoomba.  Beryl has accompanied them as they make the transition to their new way of life in Australia.   Interfaith and multicultural dialogue has become very important to Beryl in recent years.  She believes it is through respect and acceptance of each person, including their faith tradition, that all human beings can share a peaceful co-existence with each other and all of creation.  Click here for Beryl's story

A Woman of All-embracing Compassion:  Beryl Gleeson mss

Beryl Gleeson at the age of 77 years, is immersed in the Sudanese community in Toowoomba.  Beryl has accompanied them as they make the transition to their new way of life in Australia.   Interfaith and multicultural dialogue has become very important to Beryl in recent years.  She believes it is through respect and acceptance of each person, including their faith tradition, that all human beings can share a peaceful co-existence with each other and all of creation.  Click here for Beryl's story

Imelda McMahon mss: A Woman of the Word   Imelda McMahon has spent six decades as a Missionary Sister of Service on the Highways and Byways of Tasmania, western NSW and Queensland.   About half of those years she served in Catholic Bookshops, first in Hobart, Tas. and later in Toowoomba, Qld.  In this ministry she brought together two great loves: her love of people and her love of books.   Retired from bookshops, Imelda continues her pastoral outreach, now to her fellow residents of Lourdes Home, Toowoomba.  Click here for Imelda's Story

Imelda McMahon mss: A Woman of the Word

 

Imelda McMahon has spent six decades as a Missionary Sister of Service on the Highways and Byways of Tasmania, western NSW and Queensland.   About half of those years she served in Catholic Bookshops, first in Hobart, Tas. and later in Toowoomba, Qld.  In this ministry she brought together two great loves: her love of people and her love of books.   Retired from bookshops, Imelda continues her pastoral outreach, now to her fellow residents of Lourdes Home, Toowoomba.  Click here for

Imelda's Story

Genevieve Ng mss: a Dynamo of Energy and Joy   Genevieve Ng was born into a Chinese Buddhist family in Singapore.  After becoming a Catholic, she came to Tasmania to join the Missionary Sisters of Service.   For many years she went about her pastoral mission seeking out people in some of the most isolated places in the great Outback as well as people on the margins in more populated areas.  Genevieve returned to her roots in Singapore where she continues her mission among her own people.  Genevieve died in Singapore, in June 2015.   Click here for Genevieve's story......

Genevieve Ng mss: a Dynamo of Energy and Joy

 

Genevieve Ng was born into a Chinese Buddhist family in Singapore.  After becoming a Catholic, she came to Tasmania to join the Missionary Sisters of Service.   For many years she went about her pastoral mission seeking out people in some of the most isolated places in the great Outback as well as people on the margins in more populated areas.  Genevieve returned to her roots in Singapore where she continues her mission among her own people.  Genevieve died in Singapore, in June 2015.   Click here for Genevieve's story......

Cecilia Bailey mss: A Heart Full of Love This description of Cecilia is very apt.  People are drawn to her warmth and her deep human understanding.    For ten and a half years she lived in 'semi-retirement' in Warwick (Q).  At her farewell from there, speaker after speaker thanked her for her contribution to their groups and committees.   Numerous people to whom she was a friend were there to say goodbye.  It makes one wonder about her semi-retirement!  Read Cecilia's story

Cecilia Bailey mss: A Heart Full of Love

This description of Cecilia is very apt.  People are drawn to her warmth and her deep human understanding.    For ten and a half years she lived in 'semi-retirement' in Warwick (Q).  At her farewell from there, speaker after speaker thanked her for her contribution to their groups and committees.   Numerous people to whom she was a friend were there to say goodbye.  It makes one wonder about her semi-retirement!  Read Cecilia's story

Carmel Hall mss: A Passion for Stories Carmel Hall's gift for attention to detail has been much in demand over her five decades as a Missionary Sister of Service.   Whether it was a letter written to a correspondence school family, preparing and printing lessons for the MSS Correspondence Schools, her work in the marriage tribunal or in the archives of the Archdiocese of Hobart, everything Carmel undertakes bears the stand of her loving attention to detail.  Read Carmel's Story.

Carmel Hall mss: A Passion for Stories

Carmel Hall's gift for attention to detail has been much in demand over her five decades as a Missionary Sister of Service.   Whether it was a letter written to a correspondence school family, preparing and printing lessons for the MSS Correspondence Schools, her work in the marriage tribunal or in the archives of the Archdiocese of Hobart, everything Carmel undertakes bears the stand of her loving attention to detail.  Read Carmel's Story.

Maureen Hickling mss: Gratitude is the Key Maureen Hickling lives on beautiful Bribie Island, the place she calls my home, my haven. Many years ago Maureen’s life was changed by a debilitating illness. She reflects here how she finds meaning, purpose and mission within the reality of her situation:   Maureen's Story  

Maureen Hickling mss: Gratitude is the Key

Maureen Hickling lives on beautiful Bribie Island, the place she calls my home, my haven. Many years ago Maureen’s life was changed by a debilitating illness. She reflects here how she finds meaning, purpose and mission within the reality of her situation:  

Maureen's Story

 

Bernadette Madden mss celebrates 40 years since she joined the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1975.   In the true MSS spirit of mission, she is always alert to respond to the call of those beyond.   It has taken her  into the highways and byways of Australia's eastern States.   Read Bernadette's story.

Bernadette Madden mss celebrates 40 years since she joined the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1975.   In the true MSS spirit of mission, she is always alert to respond to the call of those beyond.   It has taken her  into the highways and byways of Australia's eastern States.   Read Bernadette's story.

Kath Clune mss: a "Go To" Woman Over many decades Kath Clune has shown herself as a woman who dares to move beyond her comfort zones when it comes to responding to people who for one reason or another find themselves on the margins of society or community.   Read Kath's amazing story.

Kath Clune mss: a "Go To" Woman

Over many decades Kath Clune has shown herself as a woman who dares to move beyond her comfort zones when it comes to responding to people who for one reason or another find themselves on the margins of society or community.   Read Kath's amazing story.

Bernadette Wallis mss: A Woman of Vision and Compassion Bernadette joined the Missionary Sisters of Service 50 years ago, January 1965.  She is a dynamic person with great leadership qualities.   She has a big vision,  yet an awareness of the small details.   She is always on the lookout for people who tend be be excluded or overlooked. Read her story here

Bernadette Wallis mss: A Woman of Vision and Compassion

Bernadette joined the Missionary Sisters of Service 50 years ago, January 1965.  She is a dynamic person with great leadership qualities.   She has a big vision,  yet an awareness of the small details.   She is always on the lookout for people who tend be be excluded or overlooked.

Read her story here

Joan Shannon mss: A Song in my Heart. Joan  is a vibrant woman whose life on the MSS mission has spanned highways and byways and skyways for close on 60 years.  At the age of 92, while her body is no longer robust, her openness of mind and heart continues to welcome people into her life.   Joan is vitally interested in whatever touches their lives.   Joan's Story May 2014:  Since this article was posted, Joan died aged 93. 

Joan Shannon mss: A Song in my Heart.

Joan  is a vibrant woman whose life on the MSS mission has spanned highways and byways and skyways for close on 60 years At the age of 92, while her body is no longer robust, her openness of mind and heart continues to welcome people into her life.   Joan is vitally interested in whatever touches their lives.   Joan's Story

May 2014:  Since this article was posted, Joan died aged 93. 

Maria Kavanaghmss: seeking out the possible - especially for people "at the edges". Born in New Zealand, Maria came to Tasmania to join the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1955.   A woman of vision and creativity, Maria brought to all she did a contagious sense aliveness and a great capacity to meet people where and as they were.  Read her story. Since this story was published, Maria died 30 April 2015.

Maria Kavanaghmss: seeking out the possible - especially for people "at the edges".

Born in New Zealand, Maria came to Tasmania to join the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1955.   A woman of vision and creativity, Maria brought to all she did a contagious sense aliveness and a great capacity to meet people where and as they were.  Read her story.

Since this story was published, Maria died 30 April 2015.

Cheryle Thomson mss, a people person. Cheryle Thomson, has spent many years on the highways and byway in the course as a Missionary Sister of Service.   Born and bred in  Port Pirie SA, her mission took her to Tasmania, outback New South Wales and south-west Queensland and back to South Australia where she currently lives and works in Whyalla.   Cheryle was always a people person, seeking them out in their homes in towns and on properties, travelling thousands of kilometers to do so.   Click here to read her story.  

Cheryle Thomson mss, a people person.

Cheryle Thomson, has spent many years on the highways and byway in the course as a Missionary Sister of Service.   Born and bred in  Port Pirie SA, her mission took her to Tasmania, outback New South Wales and south-west Queensland and back to South Australia where she currently lives and works in Whyalla.   Cheryle was always a people person, seeking them out in their homes in towns and on properties, travelling thousands of kilometers to do so.   Click here to read her story.

 

Paul Coad mss: 71 years on a mision of love and service Verna Coad, as her parent named her, began life in 1922 in her family home on an orchard in Lymington (near Cygnet) in Tasmania’s beautiful Huon Valley.  When she joined the very young congregation of Missionary Sisters of Service, she chose the name Paul. Paul lived a long a colourful life of close on 95 years, 71 of those as a Missionary Sister of Service.   She described herself as growing up a very shy country girl, but she never shied away from the challenges her life and mission served up to her, overcoming her shyness again and again.  Read her beautiful story here

Paul Coad mss: 71 years on a mision of love and service

Verna Coad, as her parent named her, began life in 1922 in her family home on an orchard in Lymington (near Cygnet) in Tasmania’s beautiful Huon Valley.  When she joined the very young congregation of Missionary Sisters of Service, she chose the name Paul.

Paul lived a long a colourful life of close on 95 years, 71 of those as a Missionary Sister of Service.   She described herself as growing up a very shy country girl, but she never shied away from the challenges her life and mission served up to her, overcoming her shyness again and again.  Read her beautiful story here

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