John Wallis Foundation Annual Reports
The 2015 - 2016 John Wallis Foundation Annual Report is available now.
We report on another rewarding year's work, with deep appreciation and gratitude to the many people - friends, supporters, donors and volunteers - who enable the Foundation to carry on its great mission. Click on the image to read and download the report.
The Silent Book: A Deaf Family and the Disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language by Bernadette T Wallis MSS, is the engrossing story, both deeply personal and historical, of the disappearing Australian-Irish sign language told through the experience of Bernadette’s own Deaf family. The story is embedded in the Australian landscape and its Aboriginal past. In writing this multi-layered story, Bernadette invites the reader into the vibrantly alert and alive silent world of her Deaf parents.
Reviewing the book, Margaret Coffey, broadcaster and journalist writes:
The Silent Book will be revelatory for most of us, as we learn of the history of a ‘threatened’ language once so vital in Australia. It is a fascinating tale in diverse ways: in its closeness to the colonial and rural context of its protagonists, its respect for indigenous naming and knowledge of that same landscape, its careful induction of the reader into a chronology of thinking about deafness and ways of educating deaf children. It adds another rich element to the extraordinary story of those 19th century lay and religious builders of Catholic community in Victoria and NSW. With all this, at its heart The Silent Book is a moving account of family life and love and hopefulness.
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Around the Kitchen Table with the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) is a portrait of the spirit and the heart of this Tasmanian-born, Australian-grown Congregation of Religious Women, written by Penelope Edman.
The MSS is the only religious congregation to be founded in Tasmania (1944) and one of only a few to be founded in Australia. Using story as its base, Around the Kitchen Table is told as a celebration of being different. The Sisters were missionaries in their own country, called to go “into the highways and byways” to families beyond the reach of Catholic schools in rural and outback Australia. Even as their mission focus has broadened, they remain in the highways and byways of life, their ability to be with people in their everyday lives still the hallmark of their call.
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John Wallis Memorial Lectures
The John Wallis Foundation annually holds a memorial lectures in various parts of Australia. These lectures honour the memory of Fr John Wallis, Founder of the Missionary Sisters of Service. Speakers are chosen to present contemporary topics in the context of lived experience and the light of the Gospel. They continue to touch the hearts of their audiences in places such as Tasmania, Toowoomba and Melbourne. Through these lectures the Foundation endeavours to nourish hope and extend the vision of people. Texts of a number of these lectures are available below.
Presented in Launceston and Hobart, October 2012. Click to download
Martin Flanagan's Lecture
Presented at Genezzano FCJ College, Kew, Melbourne, Australia
11 June 2013. Click to download
Frank Brennan SJ's Lecture
Presented to a very appreciative audience in Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania, in October 2013. Click to download
Highways and Byways Song
Singer Songwriter Peter Kearney wrote the story of Fr Wallis and the Missionary Sisters of Service in song. The Song is part of the collection on the CD entitled The Common Good. Click below to listen.