Maria is a member of the Thomas More Class of 2018.
Before coming to Thomas More, Maria worked as a full-time Policy Service Representative for what is now known as Chubb Agribusiness.
During her Rome semester, she had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis I, while interning for the Pontifical Academy for Life at their General Assembly at the Vatican.
Music has always been a passion of Maria’s. Her experience includes several years of classical and operatic vocal training and many years in various choirs and polyphonic scholas, including the St. Philip Neri Guild Choir and the student schola at Thomas More. Maria’s junior project focused on the place of sacred music in the liturgy using Josef Pieper, Pope Pius X, and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI as her guides.
Her love of music, combined with her love of literature, eventually led her to devote her senior year to the study of Christian joy. Titled “Chasing Hats and Flying Kites: Chesterton and Connolly’s Message of Joy,” Maria’s senior thesis and defense focused on the meaning and practice of joy in the novels Manalive by G.K. Chesterton and Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly.
When not singing or dancing, Maria enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, and flying kites.