Staff Member: Maggie Melchior
Hi everyone! My name is Maggie Melchior and I am the Coordinator of the New Evangelization for Youth and Young Adults. I love working with the wonderful people in Combined Locks and a great team at St. Paul Parish.
I grew up in Green Bay with my parents and two younger sisters. My parents are loving Christian people and our family attended several different Protestant churches while I was growing up. I attended college at UW-Madison and became involved with Campus Crusade and the local Evangelical church right away. I was busy studying microbiology and preparing for a career in academic research when I met some friends who were Catholics… very passionate, excited Catholics at that! Through their friendship I became involved at the Catholic student center and fell deeply in love with the Catholic Church, especially the Holy Eucharist and our Blessed Mother. After a two year journey of study and prayer, I became a Catholic my senior year of college. I’ve been privileged to work in youth ministry and religious education for the past five years, sharing my love for Jesus Christ and His Church with others.
In my spare time I love to sing, dance, and perform in musical theater; I also sew and do costume design. My bookshelves are overflowing and I often stay up too late reading. My favorite way to spend a rainy day is curled up with a book in a coffee shop, but on sunny days I’m out for a run. Above all, I love getting to meet new people and hearing their stories.
My job title here at St. Paul is a unique one; you may be wondering, “What is the New Evangelization? What does that mean?” Evangelization, of course, means to spread the Gospel: the love and message of Jesus Christ. The New Evangelization refers to a movement within the Church to re-propose the Gospel to those who might have a cursory awareness of Jesus or His message, but have been distracted from His way by an increasingly secular culture. Pope Benedict XVI explained it this way: “the Church is called to carry out a new evangelization, intensifying her missionary action so that it fully corresponds to the Lord’s mandate.”
I am so excited to serve the parish family here at St. Paul! Please pray for me, the rest of the staff, and our entire parish community.
St. Martha, pray for us!