Sr. Mary Nona McGreal

nona_sqare.jpgA renowned historian, Sr. Mary Nona McGreal, O.P., is known for writing the Positio for Father Samuel Mazzuchelli. Her work on this document led to Pope John Paul II’s declaration that Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, be known as Venerable, the first step toward becoming canonized. She authored the definitive biography of Father Samuel, Journeyman, Preacher, Pastor, Teacher: Samuel Mazzuchelli: American Dominican.

In the article, "Dominicans (O.P.)" for The Encyclopedia of American Catholic Histoy, Liturgical Press, 1997, she sketches an outline of the Dominican Order in a growing America.

She also gathered Dominican historians from around the United States to write the multi-volume history, The Order of Preachers in the United States: A Family History.

In 2008, she was the first woman to be named an honorary member of the Historical Commission of the Order by the Master of the Order of Preachers.

Throughout her long career, Sr. Mary Nona was a prolific writer. With Sister Joan Smith, Sr. Mary Nona authored Guiding Growth in Christian Social Work, a work that formed the foundation of the Faith and Freedom readers which integrated the social teaching of the Church into the curriculum of Catholic elementary schools.

She was also an extraordinary educator. For 17 years, she provided leadership as president of Edgewood College in Madison, WI. While there, she expanded facilities, increased student enrollment and established a cohesive, core curriculum.

From 1967 to 1977, Sr. Mary Nona was Vicaress of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, where she led the Congregation through the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council.

Download a list of her publications here.