Melicia was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in a large military family. She felt a calling to the consecrated life from a young age and found her spiritual home with Regnum Christi after participating in a “Youth for the Third Millennium” evangelization mission to the Bahamas in 1996. Her ministry as a consecrated woman has taken her to Rhode Island, Mexico, and Italy. She is currently studying a PhD in Moral Theology at the University of Notre Dame and plans on teaching and researching topics in political theology, Catholic social doctrine, and virtue ethics. She has obviously added football-watching to her list of hobbies, but still has time for music, gardening, cooking, volunteer work, and lots of friends!