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Sacred Story

Jesuit Podcast

Sacred Story Institute founder and president, Fr. William Watson, S.J., sits down with Jesuit priests throughout the world to discuss various topics of today with regard to current events, spirituality, vocations, and discernment.

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Episodes

Fr. Thomas P. Sherman, S.J.

Fr. Bill Watson, SJ, interviews Fr. Sherman, SJ, a Jesuit priest who teaches philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome. Their conversation consists of three parts: 

Part 1     Fr. Sherman, SJ shares his experiences as a priest and teacher in Korea and Zimbabwe

Part 2      Fr. Sherman, SJ discusses the courses that he teaches at the Gregorian University, his thoughts on the current on theology and philosophy as they are taught currently in the United States, as well as his perspective on the state of philosophy formation in the US

Part 3     Fr. Sherman, SJ speaks on the differences between the theological approaches of both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, as well as his vocation story

Fr. João J. Vila-Chã, S.J.

Fr. Bill Watson, SJ sits down with Fr. João J. Vila-Chã, SJ, a Jesuit priest currently serving at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as Professor of Social and Political Philosophy. Their interview consists of three parts:

Part 1
Fr. Bill and Fr. João discuss the production of his documentary, "Triumph of the Spirit - On the Christian Roots of Europe"; political division in the United States with the ANTIFA movement and Marxist ideologies and Fr. João's experience in his own country living in a time of political revolution;

Part 2
Fr. Bill and Fr. João discuss the topic of intersectionality and the role of technology in shaping the human person in light of the recent Congressional hearings on technology with Amazon, Apple, Google, and facebook;

Part 3
Fr. Bill and Fr. João discuss the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and also speak on the former Jesuit General, now Servant of God, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, and Fr. João's personal experience with Fr. Arrupe.

Fr. Colleen Dinladzer Nsame, S.J.

Fr. Bill Watson, SJ sits down with Fr. Colleen Dinladzer Nsame, SJ, a Jesuit priest from Cameroon, Africa. He is currently studying transformational spirituality at Seattle University. Fr. Bill and Fr. Colleen's conversation consists of three parts:

Part 1
Fr. Bill and Fr. Colleen discuss his experience growing up in Cameroon including some key points of its history

Part 2
Fr. Colleen shares his conversion story and experiences that he had as a young Jesuit that helped to form him into the priest he is today and what he hopes to do with his degree from Seattle University

Part 3
Fr. Bill and Fr. Colleen speak on the United States and its political realities including Fr. Colleen's thoughts and assessment on racism in the United States. Finally, Fr. Colleen shares the most powerful spiritual experience of his life and its impact

Fr. Gregory D. Vance, S.J.

Fr. Bill Watson, S.J. sits down with Fr. Gregory D. Vance, S.J., a Jesuit with the Western Province of the Society of Jesus. He currently serves as Chaplain to Bishop Kelly High School, Spiritual Director for the Clergy, and as a diocesan exorcist in the Diocese of Boise, Idaho. 

Part 1
Fr. Vance shares his vocation story, educational background, with a keen interest in the portrayal spirituality and the Catholic Church in popular culture.

Part 2
Fr. Vance speaks on his vocation and training as an exorcist

Part 3
Fr. Vance speaks about the practical aspects of exorcisms and when situations may call for an exorcist, his perspective on evil and where we are in the world in regard to the manifistations of the demonic.

Fr. Anthony R. Lusvardi, S.J.

Fr. Bill Watson, SJ of Sacred Story Institute sits down with Fr. Anthony (Tony) Lusvardi, SJ., an author of many award winning short stories. Fr. Lusvardi is currently studying in Rome for his Doctorate in Dogmatic Sacramental Theology.

Part 1

Fr. Lusvardi discusses his literary and academic background.

Part 2

In the second part of the interview, Fr. Lusvardi speaks on his pastoral, missionary, and volunteer work in Kazakhstan and Africa. Fr. Lusvardi also recalls some highlights in his life since entering the Society of Jesus.

Part 3

In the third and final part of the interview, Fr. Lusvardi speaks on the challenges for people today in forming their conscience. He also discusses the Eucharist in our society today, and where he sees his academic work taking him in the future.

Fr. John Horn, S.J.

Fr. Bill Watson, SJ of Sacred Story Institute sits down with Fr. John Horn, S.J., one of the founding members of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF)

Part 1

Fr. Horn discusses  the formation of IPF, including the key players and co-founders. 

Part 2

In the second part of the interview, Fr. Horn discusses masculinity in our present world, gender-ideology, combating fear, and the role of God the Father in our lives. 

Part 3

In the third and final part of the interview, Fr. Horn shares his personal life including his favorite book that he has written, personal spiritual experiences, and his vocation to the priesthood and the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.

Part 1

Fr. William Watson, SJ sits down with Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. in part-one of a two-part interview. In this first installment, Fr. Fessio shares the story of his faith and growing up in the Church in the 1940s and 1950s, his vocation to the priesthood, his thoughts on the abuse crisis in the Church, and his analysis as to the root of the crisis. Finally, Fr. Fessio discusses his relationship with Cardinal Pell who was charged and then acquitted ted of any crimes for malfeasance with underage adults in Australia.

Part 2

Part Two of Fr. Bill Watson, S.J.'s interview with Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder of the highly successful and very influential Ignatius Press.
In Part Two, Fr. Fessio shares his experiences in France, his friendships with Andre de Lubac, and Fr. Ratzinger, as well as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's papacy.
In the second segment of Part Two, Fr. Fessio discusses the differences between Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar, the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and his thoughts and reflections upon turning 80 years old this month: his accomplishments and current aspirations.

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., PhD

Part 1

Your host, Fr. William Watson, S.J., sits down with Fr. Robert Spitzer of the Society of Jesus to discuss his family background, where he grew up, his career aspirations, and ultimately his vocation to the priesthood.

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., PhD

Part 2

In the second part of his interview, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ talks about his:
• Academic career
• Thesis on the existence of time using Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity
• Thoughts on the current state of Catholic higher education and challenges they face
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• Thoughts on the current state of culture with reference to his new book, Christ vs Satan In Our Daily Lives: The Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil.

 

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

Part 1

In the first part of the interview, Fr. Mitch shares the early years in his life, vocation, and priestly formation.

 

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

Part 2

In the first part of the interview, Fr. Mitch speaks on his experiences with the new age movement, and his experiences with Mother Angelica and EWTN.

 

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