Dr. Steven Chase



  • Office Hours: Varies by semester
  • Email: schase@ost.edu
  • Phone: 210-341-1366 x 335


  • Ph.D., Spirituality and Historical Theology, Fordham University, 1991
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1987
  • B.A., English Literature, University of Washington, 1975
  • Candidate, Jungian and Depth Psychology, Minnesota Seminar in Jungian Analysis and Pacifica


  • Chase is currently Professor of Spirituality at the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality, Oblate School of Theology
  • Chase is currently Editor of Spiritus, the Journal for the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • Associate Professor of Spirituality and Historical Theology, Western Theological Seminary
  • Assistant Professor and Core Doctoral Faculty, Graduate Theological Union
  • Full-Time Adjunct Professor, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Spirituality and Historical Theology at Numerous Locations
  • Associate Director of Meditation and Ritual, Dominican Center Institute of Spirituality
  • Past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS), Member, Board of Directors, SSCS
  • Founder of Christian Spirituality Group, American Academy of Religion
  • Residential Scholar Positions
    • -The Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ
    • -Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, St. John’s Abbey and University
    • -Studium, St. Benedict Monastery
  • Chase Has Trained and Supervised Spiritual Directors and Served as a Spiritual Director in Private Practice and Institutional Settings since 1991. He is Currently Working on a Book: The Subject Is Nature: Ecologically Based Soul Care and Spiritual Direction

Academic interests

  • Contemplation, Meditation, and Prayer
  • Contemporary Spirituality
  • Spirituality and Health
  • Nature Based Soul Care and Spiritual Direction
  • Spirituality and Psychology
  • Christian Mysticism
  • Spirituality and Theology
  • Spirituality, Suffering, Grief, and Trauma
  • Medieval Spirituality and Theology
  • The Body and Spiritual Practice
  • Interreligious Spirituality and Practice


Job: A Theological Commentary. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.

Nature as Spiritual Practice. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Publishers, 2011.

Recorded by Library of Congress, Recordings for the Blind”, 2012.

Field Guide to Nature as Spiritual Practice. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishers, 2011.

The Tree of Life: Models of Christian Prayer. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005.

Contemplation and Compassion: The Victorine Spiritual Tradition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.

Angelic Spirituality. Translations from Latin with Introduction, Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2002.

Doors of Understanding: Conversations in Global Spirituality, Ed. Francisan Press: St. Bonaventure, NY: 1997.

Angelic Wisdom: The Cherubim and the Grace of Contemplation in Richard of St. Victor. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.


“Spiritual Practice and Ethics.”  Public Lecture, Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2002

“Angelic Presence in the Abbey of St. Victor.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Kalamazoo, MI, 1999.

“Friendship and Inexhaustibility.”  Response to David Burrell, “Friends in Conversation: The Language and Practice of Faith.”  Invited paper Presented at “Spirituality and Theology: A Conference in Honor of Diogenes Allen,” Princeton Theological Seminary, February, 1998.

Scire et Nosse: Exegesis and Ethics in Thomas Gallus and Richard of St. Victor.” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Kalamazoo, MI, 1997.

“The Classical Christian Tradition and Contemporary Spiritual Direction.”  Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture 32:2 (Spring, 1997):91-103.

“Angels: Contemplation and Spiritual Paths.”  California Institute of Integral Studies, Public Programs Series, Fall, 1995.

“The Breath-Like Stillness of Delight: Angelic Wisdom in Alan of Lille and Richard of St. Victor.”  Papers presented at Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, May, 1994.

“The Way of “No-Word” in the De arca mystica of Richard of St. Victor.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November, 1992.

“What Happens Next?: Biblical Exegesis and the Path of the soul’s Journey in Origen and Gregory of Nyssa.”  The Patristic and Byzantine Review 10 (1991):33-45.

“Gender and Languages of Union: The Spiritual Autobiographies of Margery Kempe and Henry Suso.” Presented at Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, February, 1991.