May 29, 2021
The Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) celebrated the 50-year anniversary of its foundation in the Diocese of Port Pirie with a special Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday 29th May. The Bishop of Port Pirie Diocese, Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS DD celebrated the Mass, which took place at St Teresa’s Catholic Church in Whyalla, along with a number of local priests concelebrating.
A number of the Sisters who now live interstate but worked in the diocese over the years attended, including congregational leader, Stancea Vichie MSS, Corrie van den Bosch MSS, Nancy Doyle MSS, Mary Cleary MSS and Cheryle Thomson MSS, who has been serving the Port Pirie Diocese for the past 32 years.
In addressing those gathered, Stancea Vichie MSS expressed her delight in being amongst the people of the diocese again and shared stories of the foundation Sisters being out on the road for a month at a time, meeting families and parish communities to inform them of their presence and ministry.
‘We’re just so very privileged to have known all of you and to continue to know you. We really don’t quite know how to say thank you for everything,’ said Stancea.
Bishop Karol expressed his gratitude to the MSS, both past and present, for their years of service in the diocese. ‘Your service can be simply described as a great love and dedication of your entire life to people on the outskirts, and marginalised,’ Bishop Karol said. ‘On this occasion of the Golden Jubilee, of your dedicated service in our diocese, on behalf of all who have been touched by God’s love through your dedicated service, I want to say thanks.’