Department of Theology

Dr. Marcus Mescher

Associate Professor, Theology Department

Marcus Mescher is associate professor of Christian ethics. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and specializes in Catholic social teaching and moral formation. His research and writing concentrate in the following areas: human dignity and rights; social/environmental justice for the global common good; how moral agency is impacted by cultural context and digital technology; the moral dimensions of friendship; sexual justice and the ethics of marriage and family life; liberation theology and inclusive solidarity; healing the psychological, spiritual, social, and moral harm caused by clergy abuse. Dr. Mescher has written dozens of popular and academic articles; he has published essays in the Journal of Moral Theology, the Journal of Catholic Social ThoughtJesuit Higher Education, and The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author of The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity (Orbis, 2020) and Fratelli Tutti Study Guide (Paulist, 2021). His current research and writing focus on mental health and moral injury.

Signature Courses:

  • From Service to Solidarity (First Year Seminar) 
  • Marriage and Family
  • Spirituality and Solidarity
  • Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis (ISSJ)
  • Theo-ethics of Ministry (ISSJ)


Christian Ethics

First Year at Xavier