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Sr.Mary Angelica, O.P.

Sister Mary Angelica Neenan, O.P. earned the S.T.D. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, the Angelicum, in Moral Theology in 2011, as well as the S.T.L. and S.T.B. She has been teaching Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville since 2007, and has served in other assignments such as directing the study abroad program for Aquinas College in Bracciano, Italy, from 2014-2017. Sister Mary Angelica is also a trained portrait painter and enjoys painting and drawing, and received her first Undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Belmont University in Nashville. She is delighted to join the UD Theology faculty as an affiliate assistant professor.


S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
S.T.L., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
S.T.B., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
B.S., Education,  Belmont University
B.A., Art, Belmont University

Recent Courses

THE 1310 Understanding the Bible
THE 2311 Western Theological Traditions
THE 4V57 Mariology
THE 6v77 Theology of the Priesthood
THE 5300 Aquinas on Scripture
THE 6346 Spiritual Theology

Research Interests

 Fundamental and Moral Theology

Selected Publications

Woman: Her Nature & Virtues: Thoughts Taken from Saint Edith Stein and St. Thomas Aquinas. LBP Publications, 2018.

The Nature of the Human Soul: Philosophical Anthropology and Moral Theology.Cluny Media Edition, 2017.

The Human Soul and its Faculties: Philosophical Anthropology and Moral Theology.Edizioni OCD: Rome, 2015.

“Faith and the Passions,” in Aquinas College Magazine, Spring 2013.

“Feminine Nature and Feminine Virtue,” in Christianity in the Academy, Proceedings, Union University, Memphis, TN, 2012.


“Holiness and Humility” for Catholic Women’s League, at Bethany Retreat House, Dickson, TN, April 6-7, 2018.

“Grace Upon Grace: How Grace Works in the Soul” for the Authenticum Series, Grand Rapids, MI, March 1, 2018.

“Man’s Dignity as an Image of God” and “Freedom as God’s Design” for Ascension Health Care Executives Retreat, Dickson, TN, February 9-10, 2018.

 “Introduction to Moral Theology” and “Sacraments in general, especially Baptism”, given to catechists of the Diocese of Nashville, Nashville,  TN, October 21, 2017.

“St. Thomas Aquinas and the Summa Theologiae” given to the Dominican Laity, Nashville Chapter, Nashville, TN, October 8, 2017. 

“The Last 4 Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell” for the Catechetical Formation Program of Aquinas College, given to catechists of the Diocese of Nashville, Brentwood, TN, October 8, 2016. 

“Feminine Virtue according to St. Edith Stein” given to young women at Emmanuel School of Mission, Rome, Italy, April 5, 2016.

“What is a vocation?” given to young adults at the Eucharistic Congress of Charlotte, North Carolina, September 14, 2013.

“Introduction to Spiritual Theology” given to the St. Cecilia Chapter of the Dominican Laity, Nashville, TN on September 8, 2013.

“The Human Person, Parts I and II” and “The Presence of Christ in His Church,”, St. Joseph High School, Greenville, SC, on August 15 and 16, 2013.

“The Presence of Christ in His Church” given to St. Mary’s Faculty and Staff, Greenville, SC, on August 12, 2013.

“The Nature of Vocation” given to the Boston Pro-Chapter of the Dominican Laity in Newton, MA, May 19, 2103.

“The Importance of Virtue and Grace” given to the St. Cecilia Chapter of the Dominican Laity, Nashville, TN, May 5, 2013.

A Theological View of Conscience,” presentation at the Inaugural National Conference on Medicine and Religion, sponsored by the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, in Chicago, IL, May 25, 2012.