An Australian priest’s letters home: from seminary to mission

John Wallis, priest and founder of the Missionary Sisters of Service wrote to his parents regularly. A hundred letters were safely archived at the Wallis Centre in Hobart. They tell the priest’s story from his days at Springwood and Manly seminary to his priestly ministry and the founding of the Australian religious missionary order, the Missionary Sisters of Service. The letters are being published this year by his niece, Bernadette T Wallis, herself a Missionary Sister of Service. Dear Mother Dear Father – John Corcoran Wallis’ Letters Home 1927-1949 is published by Coventry Press, Melbourne. It will be launched in Hobart on the 19th November 2019. The article is written by Bernadette Wallis.

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