In this Discernment Brief, Fr. Bill Watson, S.J. , Founder and President of the Sacred Story Institute, speaks on the discernment of spirits and the differences between Divine Inspiration and Counter Inspiration.
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Fr. William Watson S.J.
Fr. William Watson, S.J., D.Min., entered the Jesuits in 1973. He has spent over 40 years developing Ignatian programs and retreats--all leading up to the founding of Sacred Story Institute (SSI) in the spring of 2011.
Sacred Story Institute brings Ignatian Spirituality to Catholics and Christians of all ages and walks of life. Sacred Story Institute is promoting third-millennium evangelization by using the time-tested Examination of Conscience of St. Ignatius. He is an expert in Ignatian Spirituality and the Examination of Conscience.
In 2020, SSI started a national beta-test for a new project to form intentional disciples called Sacred Story Community.
Sacred Story Community will become one of the cornerstone projects of SSI and our contribution to the renewal of the Church in the Third Millenium.
Fr. Watson has appeared on numerous programs with EWTN, Catholic Radio, and numerous articles about his programs have appeared In Catholic newspapers and magazines in recent years. Fr. Watson also serves as the Vice President for Advancement for Rome's Pontifical Oriental Institute.
Archbishop Paul Etienne, DD, SLT, is the Ecclesiastical Advisor to the Sacred Story Institute.
Fr. Watson has previously served as: Director of Retreat Programs at Georgetown University; Vice President for Mission at Gonzaga University; and Provincial Assistant for International Ministries for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesuits.
He 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 Massachsetts).