About the Professor
"What a privilege to serve at this School! Our students come from all walks of life, from various age groups, and from many cultures. They bring rich experiences of life and ministry to the classroom and the school community. Through my service as a teacher, I seek to support the school's mission of integrating faith and culture, and exploring a faith that does justice, of exploring the frontier of theology."
A native of northern Ohio, Dr. Lescher began his career as a high school English teacher before pursuing graduate study and doctoral work in American Catholic spirituality. He taught in Cleveland, Seattle, Austin (Texas), and Chicago.
Dr. Lescher came to JST in 1998 as a teacher and administrator, arriving from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. At JST, Dr. Lescher teaches courses in Christian Spirituality, such as Transition and Transformation, a seminar on Thomas Merton, and an introduction to spirituality as an academic discipline for doctoral students.
He is married to Clare Ronzani, M.A. Bruce and Clare sometimes present workshops together and both are also involved in the ministry of spiritual direction.
He is a member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and the Catholic Theological Society of America. Dr. Lescher has published several articles both in his field of specialization, American Catholic spirituality, and more broadly on issues of spiritual formation.