Graduate Theological Union

Bruce H. Lescher

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Senior Lecturer in Christian Spirituality
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1998

PhD in Christian Spirituality, Graduate Theological Union, 1991
MAS, University of San Francisco, 1982
MA in English, University of Michigan, 1973
BA in English, University of Notre Dame, 1968

Phone: 510/549-5043

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Adult Spiritual Development
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Modern American Catholic Spirituality

Selected Publications

  • “Spirituality in the English Speaking World Since Vatican II: An Overview,” Mysterion 8 (2015): 140-152. Reprinted as “La Spiritualità nel Mondo Anglofono Dal Vicano II ad Oggi,” in Jesús Manuel García Gutiérrez and Rossano Zas Friz De Col, ed., Teologia Spirituale e Concilio Vaticano II: Temi, problemi e prospettive (Roma: Libreria Ateneo Salisiano, 2016), 219-237.
  • “Spiritual Direction in the Roman Catholic Tradition,” in John R. Mabry, ed., Spiritual Guidance Across Religions, Skylights Paths Publishing, 2014.
  • “Thomas Merton (1915-68), New Seeds of Contemplation,” in Christian Spirituality: The Classics, Routledge, 2010.
  • Exploring Christian Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sandra M. Schneiders, co-edited with Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM, Paulist Press, 2006.
  • “What Next? The Value of Sabbatical,” Church, Winter 2007.
  • “Diaknonia and the Diaconate,” The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, SCM Press, 2005.