Angela Hanley was born and currently lives in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. She studied theology as a mature student, bringing life experience to the academic study of theology. She is author of Justified by Faith: an Irish missionary experience in Malawi and co-editor (with Dr David Smith MSC) of Quench not the Spirit, a book of essays to honour Fr Seán Fagan SM. She regularly contributed articles to a number of religious periodicals. Her current research study is on same-sex unions for Catholic gay/lesbian couples. She is married to local historian Gearóid O’Brien and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.