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

Professor of Theology

Office: Treadaway Hall, Room 147
210-431-5081 /210-433-9114


A photo of Bernard Lee


B.A., St. Mary’s University, 1954
M.A., Catholic University of America, 1958
S.T.B., Universite de Fribourg, 1965
Ph.L., Universite de Fribourg, 1967
Th.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1972

Courses Taught

Sacraments and Liturgy
New Testament
Practical Theology

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. 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.

Publications and Distinctions

Dr. 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.

In recent years Dr. Lee has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Australia, and St. Thomas University in Miami.