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Bernard J. Lee, S.M., Th.D.

Professor of Theology


  • Th.D., Graduate Theological Union
  • Ph.L., Universite de Fribourg
  • S.T.B., Universite de Fribourg
  • M.A., Catholic University of America
  • B.A., St. Mary's University


  • Christology
  • New Testament
  • Sacraments and Liturgy
  • Practical Theology

Research Interests

  • Recovery of the Jewishness of Jesus and of Christian beginnings


Bernard Lee is interested in the fuller recovery of the Jewishness of Jesus and of Christian beginnings, and implications for current Catholic self-understanding. He has also been involved in substantial research on small Christian communities in early church life, and in the contemporary U.S. Catholic church. In recent years Lee has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Australia, and St. Thomas University in Miami.


Lee is the author of 10 books, co-author of four others, and of multiple articles in both scholarly and popular media. His books include:

The Becoming of the Church: A Process Theology of the Structures of Christian Experience. New York: Paulist, 1974.

Co-author, with Michael Cowan, Dangerous Memories: House Churches and Our American Story. Grand Rapids: Sheed and Ward, 1986 (second place award from the Catholic Publishers Association).

General Editor, Alternative Futures for Worship Series. Collegeville: Liturgical, 1987 (first place award from the Catholic Publishers Association).

Co-author, with Michael Cowan, Conversation, Risk and Conversion: The Inner & Public Life of Small Christian Communities. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1997.

The Beating of Great Wings: A Worldly Spirituality for Active, Apostolic Communities. Mystic, Connecticut: Twenty-Third Publications, 2004.

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