Thomas J. Neal is Academic Dean and professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is originally from Providence, Rhode Island and received his B.A. in Philosophy (1990) and M.A. in Systematic Theology (1996) from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and his Ph.D from Florida State University (2008).
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 was involved in seminarian and deacon formation programs in Florida and Iowa.
Dr. Tom’s popular blog, Neal Obstat, discusses issues of the day from a theological perspective. He, his wife and children live in the New Orleans area.