Thomas J. Neal, Ph.D.
Academic Dean and Chair of Spiritual Theology
Dr. Thomas J. Neal is originally from Providence, Rhode Island. He received his B.A. in Philosophy (’90) and M.A. in Systematic Theology (’96) from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and wrote his Thesis on the theology of grace in the works of eastern bishop-theologian Gregory Palamas. He pursued his Ph.D in Florida State University’s department of Religion, specializing in the evolution of Christian mysticism in early-late medieval Europe. He wrote and successfully defended his dissertation (’08) on the question of identity construction in the Carmelite reform in the writings of St. John of the Cross.
Dr. Neal has spent most of the last 17 years serving the catechetical mission of the Church in Florida, serving in various administrative roles, most recently in Des Moines, Iowa where he served as Director of the St. Joseph Educational Center. He taught undergrad courses for six years at FSU in the history of the Christian theological tradition, and served as assistant editor for the Journal of Religious Ethics. He has led hundreds of retreats, workshops and catechetical events throughout the country and is an active blogger. He was involved in seminarian and deacon formation programs in Florida and Iowa.
Dr. Neal was hired last July to serve as Professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary, and as Director of the Co-Workers Leadership Institute, while this past July was appointed to serve the Seminary as Academic Dean.
Dr. Tom and his family live in the New Orleans area.
St. Joseph Hall – Room 251
Phone: (504) 866-7426 Ext. 882