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.