Fr. William M. Watson, S.J., D.Min.

Sacred Story Board Member - Fr. William M. Watson, S.J., D.Min. — Chair & Director

Fr. Bill Watson, S.J. specializes in building enduring Ignatian-based programs that stand the test of time. The Encounter program at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon turned 40 in 2019 and has transformed the school. The 5-Day Ignatian Retreat at Georgetown University had its 30th anniversary in 2017 and the Georgetown Freshman ESCAPE retreat celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.

Many evangelization programs have a shelf-life or become the victims of unplanned obsolesce. The evangelization programs of Sacred Story Institute, based on Fr. Watson’s past track record, will become part of your faith community and endure in their relevance and effectiveness for decades to come. Invest in programs that will carry your faith community forward, built on the time-tested spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 1978
  • Master of Divinity, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, 1986
  • Master of Pastoral Studies, (Th. M.), Weston Jesuit, 1986
  • Academic Sabbatical; Fordham University Bronx, NY, 1998-1999
  • Doctor of Ministry, The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C., 2009


  • 1973 Entrance to Oregon Province of The Society of Jesus, Sheridan, Oregon
  • 1975 First Vows, Portland, Oregon
  • 1984 Diaconate Ordination, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1985 Priestly Ordination, Spokane, Washington
  • 1993-1994 Tertianship, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1994 Final Vows, Georgetown University


  • 2011-Present     President Sacred Story Institute
  • 2009-2011     Family Ministry & Research for Sacred Story Institute
  • 2007-2009     Pastoral Assistant Pius X Parish Portland, OR
  • 2004-2009     Oregon Province Portland, Or, Assistant for Colombia and International Ministries
  • 2002-2007     Magis Institute: Co-Founder, Board Member; Program Director Orange Co, CA
  • 1999-2004     Gonzaga University Spokane, WA, Vice President for Mission
  • 1986-1998     Georgetown University Washington, D.C. Founder/Director, Retreat Programs Office
  • 1985-1986     Tufts University Catholic Center Cambridge, MA, Chaplain/Retreat Director
  • 1985-1986     L’Arche of New England, Spiritual Director for Corporate Board
  • 1984-1985     Boston University Newman Center Boston, MA, Chaplain
  • 1983-1984     Weston School of Theology Cambridge, MA, Liturgical Committee
  • 1979-1982     Jesuit High School Portland, OR, Director, Campus Ministry/Theology Instructor
  • 1978-1979     Seattle University Seattle, WA, Director of Liturgy and Music


  • 2015 Sacred Story Affirmations-Reflections on Spiritual Discernment
  • 2015 My Sacred Story Missal
  • 2015 Historia Sagrada El Rosario: Una Manera Ignaciana de Rezar los Misterios
  • 2015 Sacred Story Rosary-An Ignatian Way to Pray the Mysteries
  • 2014 Inviting God Into Your Life—Second Edition, Sacred Story Press
  • 2013 Forty Weeks—An Ignatian Path to Christ, Sacred Story Press
  • 2012 Sacred Story—An Ignatian Examen for the Third Millennium, Sacred Story Press
  • 2005 Reflections and Homilies—The Gonzaga Connection, Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • 2003 Inviting God Into Your Life—Practical Prayer for Daily Life, Paulist Press
  • 2002 (May) A New Jesuit Reductions, In All Things
  • 2000 (Nov) Ex Corde Ecclesiae, La Civiltta Catholica
  • 2000 (May) Campus Culture, American Magazine
  • 1992-98 Georgetown University Retreat Perspectives Newsletter – Editor


  • Oregon Province Higher Education Commission
  • Jesuit Conference Social and International Ministries Steering Committee
  • Jesuit Conference University Mission & Identity Steering Committee
  • Gonzaga University, Presidential Cabinet
  • Gonzaga University Accreditation Committee
  • Priestly Formation Board, Diocese of Spokane
  • MAGIS Institute, Board of Directors