University of Notre Dame

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels Papers


Origination : Steinfels, Margaret O'Brien
Extent : 4 linear feet
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information

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Donated by Margaret O'Brien Steinfels.

Preferred Citation

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels Papers (MOS), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Papers (1974-2010) consisting of notes, agenda, reports, correspondence, speeches, articles, writings, and presentations; with files on family issues, adolescents and sex, abortion, in vitro fertilization, birth control, Catholic education, women religious, the role of the laity, the Hastings Center, the National Pastoral Life Center, and the Catholic Common Ground Project and the years of meetings leading up to it.


Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, editor of Commonweal from 1988 to 2002, also served as a movie reviewer for Today magazine (1965-1967), a reporter, columnist, and reviewer for the National Catholic Reporter (1969-1971), editor of the Hastings Center Report (1974-1980), Social Science Editor for Basic Books (1980-1981), Executive Editor and Business Manager for Christianity and Crisis (1981-1984), Director of Publications and editor of Church for the National Pastoral Life Center (1984-1987), and Journalist-in-Residence and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture at Fordham University (2004-2012). She has an honorary degree from Notre Dame and received its Laetare Medal in 2003. She has written or contributed to several books.


Steinfels, Margaret O'Brien
Hastings Center
National Pastoral Life Center (U.S.)
Catholic Common Ground Initiative
Birth control
Teenagers -- Sexual behavior
Fertilization in vitro
Catholic universities and colleges
Monasticism and religious orders for women

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