President & Director

Fr. Bill Watson, S.J

Founder & President, Sacred Story Institute

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

1978-1979 Seattle University Seattle, WA, Director of Liturgy and Music

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


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