Our editorial team

1 February 2021

Meet the people who bring you Australian Catholics magazine.


Editor: Michele Frankeni

Michele Frankeni joined the editorial team in 2018. She has a background in journalism and has sub-edited numerous magazine titles, ranging from desktop publishing to marketing, law to motoring. She spent time as a parish associate and completed an undergraduate degree in criminology in 2019. Michele is also associate editor of Madonna Magazine and also compiles and edits the weekly Catholic Teacher and Parish Life e-newsletters.


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Assistant editor education and youth: Laura Kings 

Laura is an experienced teacher, with a background in English, Media Studies and Religious Education. She has a keen interest in creating quality teacher resources and engaging students. She is also an experienced journalist who has worked in radio and print.   

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Director of publishing: Michael McVeigh

The editor of Australian Catholics for more than 15 years, Michael was appointed director of publishing in 2021. He has worked across digital and print publications Eureka Street, Madonna and Pray.com.au. He is a former president of the Australasian Catholic Press Association and member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Media Council

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Editorial Consultant: Fr Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew is the editorial consultant for Australian Catholics, as well as the other publications published by Jesuit Communications. He writes extensively for these publications, and is also involved in mentoring writers, particularly through the internship program.

Andrew taught theology in Melbourne for many years at the United Faculty of Theology.  He has also been involved with refugees, particularly after the Indochinese war, and has written much on refugee policy in Australia. He also works as part of the communications team at Jesuit Social Services.

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Regular contributors




Ann Rennie

Ann Rennie

Ann writes the regular ‘Unguarded moments’ column in Australian Catholics magazine. She is a teacher at Genazzano FCJ College in Melbourne, and has written a number of books bringing together faith and spirituality. Her writing captures the movements of God in people's daily lives, and draws connections between the experiences of Catholics today and those of some of the wisdom figures in our faith.

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Michael McGirr

Michael McGirr

A former editor of Australian Catholics, Michael is an accomplished author, with an ability to highlight both the joyful and the serious sides of faith, often at the same time. His books include Bypass, The Lost Art of Sleep, The Things You Get for Free and Books that Saved My Life. He is also the author of Finding God's Traces, a daily reflection book sold exclusively to schools through Jesuit Communications. 

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Peter W Sheehan

 Peter Sheehan is ex-Vice Chancellor of Australian Catholic University and holds a doctorate in the discipline of Psychology from The University of Sydney. He has served as a Member of the Ecumenical jury for Signis at International  Film Festivals in Portugal, Berlin, Montreal, the Czech Republic, and most recently (2023) in Venice. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1995 for services to Psychology, and Education, and has chaired the Australian Commonwealth Films Board of Review.



Fiona Dyball

Fiona writes a regular column on music for Australian Catholics. She is a musician, educator and liturgist based in Melbourne and is currently undertaking a PhD in music and theology. Fiona works across parish, school, tertiary and community settings and is a member of the National Executive of the Australian Pastoral Musician’s Network. Her work on prayer, liturgy and liturgical music is published in books, journals and magazines, and her music published by Liturgical Song.