Our Team


Rev Dr Chris Ryan MGL


Fr Chris is currently the parish priest of Penshurst and Peakhurst parishes. He has been involved in leadership in youth ministry in new communities, parishes and schools since 1993, and was the coordinator of the pilgrimage of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon in preparation for World Youth Day 2008. Fr Chris' PhD focused upon the RCIA as a resource for the theology and practice of youth ministry. He is the co-editor of Australian Catholic Youth Ministry: Theological and Pastoral Foundations for Faithful Ministry and the author of In the Light of the Cross and Bring Forth Hope: Pope Francis Speaks to the Youth of the World, which both provide reflections for young people on Christ and the Catholic faith.


Fr Tony Alex MGL

Deputy Director

Fr Tony is currently the assistant priest of Penshurst and Peakhurst parishes. He has a Bachelor of Economics and an MBA and was climbing the corporate ladder when he heard the call of God. He has been involved in various forms of Leadership and Mission for the last 15 years. He has studied, ministered and done pastoral work in India, Germany, Ghana, Italy, New Zealand and Malta, and is used to ministering across cultures.


Fran Simon


Fran has completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting, finance and systems, a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training, and a Graduate Certificate in Management (CSU). Fran is happily married with three children and one granddaughter. She has been a part of the Disciples of Jesus (DOJ) community for 35 years and is heavily involved in youth and prayer ministry.


Selina Hasham

Communications Manager

Selina has worked with the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney for 12 years in the areas of communications and media, creative direction and clergy formation. Over the years she has been instrumental in the involvement of young Australians in the international World Youth Days and promoting the benefits of pilgrimage for faith formation. Involved in the leadership of the Disciples of Jesus Community she has contributed to many works of outreach and mission targeted at youth. A teacher by profession, Selina is passionate about seeing people come to knowledge of who God is and his great love for them.


Br Josh Whicker MGL

Social Media and Marketing Manager

Br Josh is a seminarian and consecrated brother in his fifth year of formation with the Missionaries of God’s Love. He brings over ten years of experience in youth ministry across a variety of different levels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame Australia, Josh worked as a political communications adviser and strategist in both the public and private sectors before joining the MGL. Josh is passionate about helping young people know the joy that comes from encountering Jesus and his merciful love for them.