Time, talent and treasure for evangelization

The Sacred Story Institute board understands that third millennium evangelization demands a seamless integration between the classic spiritual disciplines of the Church and the best intellectual disciplines of scholars and scientists thinking with the Church. This was St. Ignatius’ vision and it is the vision and mission of all who serve as board members, researchers, and advisors of SSI.

Founder, President & Executive Director

Fr. William M. Watson, S.J., D.Min. — Chair & Director

Founder & President, Sacred Story Institute

William Watson, S.J., D. Min., has spent over thirty years developing Ignatian programs and retreats used by Georgetown University, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, Gonzaga University, Loyola College in Baltimore and several other institutions. In the spring of 2011, his provincial missioned him to start a non-profit institute to take what he learned about Ignatian program development and build a project for the Society of Jesus and the Church to bring the time-tested Examination of Conscience of St. Ignatius to as wide an audience as possible.

Fr. Watson received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009 from The Catholic University of America (Washington D.C.). He also holds Masters degrees in Divinity and Pastoral Studies, respectively (1986; Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge Massachusetts). He is a specialist in Ignatian Spirituality and the Ignatian Examination of Conscience.

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Vice President & Director


Mr. David Sabey — Vice President & Director

President, Sabey Corporation, Seattle, Washington

David Sabey is president and director of Sabey Corporation, a successful real estate development and construction company specializing in data centers, high tech, and healthcare. He recently established the Seattle Science Foundation (SSF) to support the collaboration of medical science and technology through high bandwidth transmissions among the world’s most talented practitioners.

Mr. Sabey has served as past chair of the Board of Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) and is currently on the Board of Trustees for Seattle University (Seattle, Washington). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Washington (Seattle). Mr. Sabey lives in the Bellevue, Washington area with his wife Sandy.

Treasurer & Director

Mr. Andrew S. Frawley — Treasurer & Director

Senior Managing Director, Huntington Capital Markets

Andrew Frawley is Senior Managing Director of Huntington Capital Markets. Prior to Huntington, Mr. Frawley worked at Key Capital Markets in Cleveland, Ohio, Wachovia Securities in Charlotte, NC, and Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Frawley is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Series 7 and Series 63 licensed, and earned an M.B.A. in finance from Indiana University and a B.S. degree in accounting from Georgetown University. Mr. Frawley lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife Amita and their three children.

Board Member

Mary Cross, Ph.D. — Director

Director of the Office of Catholic Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Mary Cross, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Catholic Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Seattle. As Director, she is responsible for development of standards, policies and programs for faith formation for all ministers and the faithful in the local Church. Dr. Cross has served in several roles in the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Seattle. She previously served as director of the Channel Program in Seattle, where she developed ministerial formation programs that enabled the placement of many young lay ecclesial ministers in the local parishes and schools.

Dr. Cross has spent over thirty years working in faith formation for institutions of learning. At the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, she served as Director of the Center for Women and Religion. As a faculty member at the School of Applied Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, she also originated and developed an urban experience-based learning program for priests, religious, and lay ecclesial ministers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Dr. Cross received her Doctorate in Organization Psychology from the Wright Institute (Berkeley, California). She also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of California (Berkeley, California) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, Connecticut).

Board Member

Mr. Joe Flanagan — Director

Co-founder, Red Oak Investments, Orange County, California

Joe Flanagan is co-founder of Red Oak Investments. With his business partner Alex Wong, Mr. Flanagan established Red Oak in 2005, as a real estate development company based in Orange County, California. Mr. Flanagan also serves on the board of Telos Identity Solutions.

Mr. Flanagan is a graduate of Georgetown University (Washington DC) and lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife Maura and their six children.

Board Member

Mr. Jay Harron — Director

President, Metro Storage International, Chicago, Illinois

Jay Harron is President of Metro Storage International, a division of Metro Self Storage (MSI) that pursues self-storage partnerships globally with a particular focus on emerging markets. Prior to forming MSI, Mr. Harron worked in private equity and investment banking for firms such as Equity International, Guggenheim Partners, and UBS.

Mr. Harron received his Masters of Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago (Illinois). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University (Washington DC). Mr. Harron and his wife Helena live in Wilmette, Illinois with their three children.

Board Member

Fr. David McCallum, S.J., Ed.D. — Director

Director of Mission & Identity/Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York

David McCallum is a Jesuit priest. He serves as Chief Mission Officer at Le Moyne College. He is also an assistant professor of Management and Leadership, and currently the interim dean of the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne. He obtained his Doctor of Education Degree in Adult Learning and Leadership at Columbia University. His research interests include adult learning and development, leadership and organizational development, Action Inquiry, and Integral Theory.

Fr. McCallum provides consultation, facilitation and leadership development internationally, as well as directing spiritual retreats and workshops. He helped to found the Jesuit Collaborative, an initiative to promote Jesuit/Ignatian Spirituality in the Northeast region of the United States, and the Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program for young professionals. He has also been involved in strategic development work on behalf of the US Assistancy of the Society of Jesus, facilitated the strategic planning process for Le Moyne College, and is working with the Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar to build leadership capacity for ministry.

Board Member

Barbara Mujica, Ph.D. — Director

Author and Professor, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Barbara Mujica is a novelist, short story writer, scholar, and theater director. Her novels include I Am Venus (Overlook 2013), Sister Teresa, (Overlook 2007; paperback, Penguin 2008), Frida (Overlook 2001; paperback, Plume 2002). A play based on the Sister Teresa, which depicts the life of Teresa of Avila, was adapted for the stage Coco Blignaut under the title God’s Gypsy. It premiered in Los Angeles in November, 2013. In 2012 Dr. Mujica won prizes from Maryland Writers’ Association in two divisions: “historical novel” for I Am Venus and “short story” for “Imagining Iraq.” Her other prizes include the Trailblazers Award from Dialogue on Diversity for Frida and other works, the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for short fiction, the Pangolin Prize for short fiction, and the E. L. Doctorow International Fiction Competition. She has won grants and awards from Poets and Writers of New York, the Spanish Government, and other institutions. She is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize for Fiction. In 2010, she curated an exhibition of early modern women’s devotional writing at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library.

Dr. Mujica is a Professor of Spanish and member of the Catholic Studies faculty at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Board Member

Rev. David E. Nazar, S.J., Ph.D. — Director

Rector- Pontifical Oriental Institue, Rome, Italy

Rev. David E. Nazar, S.J., was appointed by Pope Francis as the Rector of the Pontifical Orientale Institute in Rome in August of 2015 (commonly known as The Orientale). The Orientale is one of the three international academic institutes the Holy See has entrusted to the Jesuits. Rev. Nazar was born in Toronto, Canada in 1952 to a family of Ukrainian origin. He was baptized in the Byzantine Catholic Rite.

Fr. Nazar entered the Society of Jesus in 1973 and followed the normal course of formation, including three years of philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane, where he and Fr. Watson first met.

He was ordained in the Ukrainian Byzantine Rite but has bi-ritual faculties for the Latin Rite. After ordination in 1983, he went on to doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa, defending an inter-disciplinary dissertation (anthropology and theology) on the topic of inculturation in 1989. For the next seven years, Rev. Nazar worked with First Nation peoples (Amerindians) in Northern Ontario.

From 1996 until 2002 he was Provincial Superior of the Jesuits of Canada. At this time, after the fall of the Soviet Union, vocations to the Society began to appear in Ukraine. Due to his cultural and religious background, Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, the General Superior of the Society of Jesus, asked him to organize the works of Society of Jesus in Ukraine. He was Jesuit Superior in the Ukraine for 13 years.

Fr. Nazar is fluent in English, French, Ukranian, Italian, Amslan (American Sign Language). He also studied Spanish, Ojibway, Ancient Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.

Board Member

Mr. Mike Patterson — Director

Senior Shareholder/President, Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc., P.S., Seattle, Washington

Mike Patterson is the Senior Shareholder and President at Patterson Buchanan. He is well-known for his high-stakes litigation experience, is a nationally recognized speaker for a wide variety of litigation and best practices issues, and has served as an expert witness in numerous matters throughout the country on fiduciary duty and insurance issues.

Mr. Patterson provides representation and serves as adviser to many Catholic church organizations including the Archdiocese of Seattle. Mr. Patterson has served on many Catholic boards past and present, and is a frequent lecturer concerning Catholic issues, Catholic identity and Catholic education.

Mr. Patterson received his Masters of Law from New York University (New York) and his Juris Doctor from University of Notre Dame Law School (Indiana). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington).

Board Member

Fr. Hermann Rodriguez, S.J. — Director

Associated Professor of the Faculty of Theology, Pontifical Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia

Hermann Rodríguez Osorio is a Jesuit priest. He serves as Associated Professor of the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. Previously, Fr. Rodriguez served as Academic Dean of the same Faculty (2009-2015) and as Director of the Ignatian Center for Reflection and Exercises – CIRE (2001-2009). He has more than twenty-five years of academic and pastoral experience working with Ignatian spirituality.

Fr. Rodriguez received his Doctorate of Theology from the Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid (Spain). He also holds a Master Degree and a Bachelor of Arts from the Pontifical Javeriana University.

Board Member

Fr. Karel San Juan, S.J., STB, MDM, Ph.D. — Director

President, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City, Philippines

Karel San Juan is a Jesuit priest. He serves as President at Ateneo de Zamboanga University in Western Mindanao, Philippines. Previously he worked as the Executive Director for the Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation, engaged in the psycho-spiritual formation and accompaniment of lay and religious leaders.

Fr. San Juan has served as a faculty member for many educational institutions, including the PhD in Leadership Studies Program at Ateneo de Manila University, San Jose Seminary, Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Asian Institute of Management and Training Institute for Managerial Excellence. He has also served as board member and consultant for numerous agencies such as the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, the Land Bank of the Philippines, the United Nations Development Program, and OXFAM (America, Great Britain, Hong Kong).

Fr. San Juan received his Bachelor in Sacred Theology from Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, Philippines). He also holds a Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University (Spokane), a Master’s Degree from Asian Institute of Management (Makati City, Philippines), and a Bachelor of Science from Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, Philippines).

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