Composer, teacher, facilitator, storyteller, community animator

Her music is sung all over the world by people of all ages in schools and parishes, in family homes and religious communities, in hospitals and prisons and in places of gathering and celebration.

Monica’s workshops, retreats, faith celebrations and concerts leave people wanting more of the God she somehow manages to make real and tangible through her songs and creatively integrated presentations.

But none of this really tells us about her or the passion in her life for God, her unique ability to enable people to come into an experience of God, whatever their circumstances may be.

So who is this woman whose songs are feeding the spiritual hunger in so many?

Internationally renowned, Monica is one of Australia’s most highly respected Christian composers and workshop facilitators. She began her ministry as a teacher and went on to do additional studies in spirituality, pastoral guidance, liturgy and creative arts.

Monica was awarded a Masters Honours Degree in Education from the Australian Catholic University, having completed her thesis on spiritual development and the integration of the creative process. Her thesis work won the University Research Award of the Year for the State of New South Wales.

Her highly acclaimed book, Embodying The God We Proclaim – Ministering as Jesus Did, reflects something of the depth of spiritual insight that typifies her ministry. The insights and wisdom of the New Universe Story and eco-theology underpin all that Monica offers.

Monica has composed and recorded 20 collections of songs for children and adults, including the universally appealing One People One Land, and has written and produced videos and other resources in the area of eco-spirituality and faith enrichment.

Her original music is used to celebrate, to comfort, to heal, and to give expression to the Sacred. Monica’s songs touch the hearts of so many in the ordinary and far-from-ordinary moments of life.

Monica is the founding director of Emmaus Productions (1984) and the creator of the much-respected liturgy website which was under her direction for 17 years.

In 2022, together with fellow Core Team members Donna Fyffe and Hilary Musgrave, Monica designed, developed and produced Thresholds of Transformation, an organic change process for personal, communal and systemic transformation inspired by Laudato Si’ – this unique integrative resource is aimed at promoting the new world order of integral ecology that Pope Francis calls all people to embrace.

Over and above all this, Monica is a woman who has allowed her heart to be made sensitive and alive to God in all the arts, in culture, prayer and scripture. She has a special ability to enable people to get in touch with a sense of God and the Sacred in their lives.

Monica’s Personal Reflections

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