• Dear Mother Dear Father Letters Home from John Corcoran Wallis 1927-1949

Born in Victoria, Fr John Wallis (1910-2001), Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Hobart, founded the  Australian Religious Order, the Missionary Sisters of Service, in Tasmania, in 1944. The Sisters were to be available to go into the highways and byways; and flexible to meet the pastoral needs of isolated communities throughout Australia.

This series of letters to John’s parents and family gives us a rare and precious insight into his life as a seminarian and young priest. They also reflect a growing development of his piety and spirituality, where seeds were sown that would develop into his deep concern for people, especially the poor and the  marginalised in rural and outback areas of Australia, and for ways to meet their pastoral and social needs.

The letters have been arranged in ten chapters, with a general introduction about that period in John’s life. Each letter itself has a commentary that contextualises the letter, providing biographical and other details that make the entire series come to life, tracing his experiences, development, misgivings and plans. They anticipate his enthusiasm for the changes that followed the Second Vatican Council and played such a part in his priestly ministry.

The series of letters in each chapter close with insightful reflections from eminent Australians who consider John’s character and spiritual growth as well as applying his insights into contemporary Church life in Australia.

‘Bernadette Wallis has provided the contemporary reader with a lovingly familiar insight into the development and vision of one of Australia’s great pioneer priests…’ Fr Frank Brennan SJ

Bernadette Therese Wallis MSS was born in Melbourne. She joined the Missionary Sisters of Service in 1965 and worked pastorally in rural and outback parish settings of Tasmania and New South Wales before commencing ministry with the Catholic Deaf organisation in Victoria.

Bernadette has been a director of The John Wallis Foundation and is presently a director of Highways and Byways – A Community of Service, both entities having been established to work in today’s world in the spirit of the Missionary Sisters of Service and their founder, Father John Wallis. Bernadette is also a member of the Stewardship Council of the Missionary Sisters of Service.

Author Bernadette T Wallis
Pages 440
Publication Date 5 July 2019
Imprint Coventry Press
ISBN 9780648360179

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Dear Mother Dear Father Letters Home from John Corcoran Wallis 1927-1949

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