Thomas J. Neal, Ph.D.
Metairie, Louisiana
I am Academic Dean and Professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. I also teach at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha each summer. My favorite theologian is Father of the Church St. Ignatius of Antioch (108 a.d.). Why? 80+ years old @ the time of his martyrdom, writes his 7 impassioned and theologically dense letters with the voice of the apostles still ‘ringing in his ears,’ has divine wisdom born of suffering, and is, to the end, in love with God and his people unto folly. 

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  1. Fr. Tim says:


    Father Tim here in Tallahassee. Fr. Ganci told me about your blog site so I thought I’d have me a look-see. Good stuff….short and sweet.


  2. […] wise friend once said, “When you say yes to His work, He will paint you beautiful.” Now that’s the kind […]

  3. […] this piece for the Catholic Year of Faith blog co-edited by my friend Dr. Tom Neal, and I’m thrilled to see our friends across the big pond to the west have found his […]

  4. […] over-the-top Catholic Martha Stewart-ish to some, but here’s why we do it. As my friend Dr. Tom Neal encourages, “Stay close to the logic of the liturgical cycle since theology is first and best […]

  5. jwatson313 says:

    You are my favorite spiritual blog! Thank you so much!

  6. Ted Mast says:

    Tom! I’m so happy I found your blog!!! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers recently, so I don’t assume this is by chance. I would love to catch up with you sometime soon! I’m praying for you and your family, and I hope you’re doing excellent down in Louisiana. It was such a blessing to have our paths cross (obviously providentially) during our respective times in IA. I’m back in Colorado, currently working at the Augustine Institute. In fact, I run into Lori quite often now as well! (Perhaps CO would merit a visit from you in the near future?) We’ll see. God is so good. Thank you for all your work for the Church. I look forward to catching up with you very soon! Have a wonderful Lenten season!

    God bless,


  7. […] A wise friend once said, “When you say yes to His work, He will paint you beautiful.” Now that’s the kind of color I’m praying to receive during this Year of Faith. The Door of Faith is open. Let’s walk through it together. I hear the colors over there are worth dying for! […]

  8. Katie Sciba says:

    Just saw that you’re in Louisiana, but teach at IPF – I’m from Omaha and relocated to Louisiana 5 years ago!

    Thank you for writing and your instruction! God bless all your efforts!

  9. Michael Gagnon says:

    Hi Tom! This is Michael Gagnon (from CSU). I was wondering what you’re doing on Memorial Day weekend 2014? We’re having the Allumni retreat in Orlando and I’m looking for guest speakers.

    • Michael Gagnon says:

      What’s your email? The retreat is in a hotel in Orlando and the theme is, “Stepping Up and Stepping Out”. It is based on two quotes by Pope Francis about stepping out of our comfort zones and routines and taking a risk in following Jesus and living as he would have us live. We’re still working on the schedule, but we’d love to have you as a keynote speaker (perhaps giving 1-2 keynote talks). Also, you should know that we don’t have $ in the budget to pay for travel or hotel. But we can pay you in prayers.

  10. Hi Tom!

    I’d like to send you an interview request to join me on an upcoming episode of my new podcast. If you’d be willing to share your contact info with me via email, I’d be grateful.


  11. Pete says:

    Thank you for coming to jacksonville!

  12. David Deutsch says:

    I subscribe to only two blogs and yours is one of them. You never disappoint. I routinely share your thoughts with my men’s prayer group, fellow prison ministers, and fellow choir members. Just this morning, your post quoting “How blessed are loveless places” is being printed for me to take to inmates living in just such a place. Bless you. Bless your work.
    PS The other is http://shirtofflame.blogspot.com/

  13. Louise Locke says:

    Hi, Tom
    I just subscribed to your blog and really love what you have to say. I am still working at Georgetown on my CPE but will be done in August. I am headed down to New Orleans for a vacation this week-I’m hoping to get back there when I’m through. I would love to keep in touch.

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