Mary Smith grew up in Southern California and is one of 9 children. After attending San Diego State University, where she studied nursing, she began to experience a tug on her heart to give her life for others. She responded to this call from God and has been consecrated in Regnum Christi since 1994. She obtained a degree in pastoral and religious studies in preparation for her missionary vocation in Regnum Christi. Her missionary activity has included working in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Italy, and back home in the United States. For the past 9 years she has been serving in the Washington D.C. area ministering to youth and families. More recently she has been dedicated to accompanying and forming women through spiritual direction, leading small groups, leadership training within Walking with Purpose, preaching, and guiding retreats.