Neal, Marie Augusta

Marie Augusta Neal (1921–2004) was a sister of Notre Dame de Namur and a prominent sociologist of religion. Her research work focused mainly on the changes in women’s religious orders after the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) and the issues of social justice. Neal’s scientific legacy is that of a pioneer in the North American study of the sociology of religion: It has laid the foundations for the sociological and empirical study of consecrated women in the Catholic Church and has encouraged social efforts for reducing inequality and poverty.

Sister Neal was born on June 21, 1921, in Brighton, MA, and she attended Notre Dame Academy in Boston, graduating in 1938. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1942, and in the next year, she joined the religious ...

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