High School Faculty Convocation

"Ever Ancient, Ever New" - Exploring the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Friday, Feb. 5th, 8:30am-2:15pm

Junipero Serra High School

  • 08:30 A.M. - Registration
  • 09:00 A.M. - Mass celebrated by Rev. John Piderit
  • 10:00 A.M. - Break
  • 10:30 A.M. - Session One
  • 12:00 P.M. - Lunch Provided
  • 12:45 P.M. - Session Two
  • 02:45 P.m. - Adjournment

Session One

The Catholic Imagination: Encountering the Grace and Grandeur of God in the Arts


Paul Contino , Ph.D.

Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Humanities at Pepperdine University.

Paul Contino is one of the most sought-after speakers on Catholic literary culture working in America today. Co-editor of the Journal Christianity and Literature, he is the author of a remarkable range of articles addressing such figures as the Taoist writer Zhuangzi, Jane Austen, Mikhail Bakhtin, Andre Dubus and Alice McDermott. His primary scholarly focus is on the Christological dimension of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. His 2005 Commonweal essay on Tobias Wolff won a Catholic Press Association Award, and his essay on Monsignor John Sheridan appears in Catherine Wolff’s volume Not Less Than Everything (Harper 2013).

Session Two

Catholic Identity is a Person - Not a Thing: Enlivening Our Personal and Institutional Faith by a Daily Ignatian Prayer Practice


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

Founder & President, Sacred Story Institute

William Watson, SJ, D Min, has spent over thirty years developing Ignatian programs and retreats used by Georgetown University, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, Gonzaga University, and several other institutions. In the spring of 2010, 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. In January of 2011, Sacred Story Institute was founded and since then, SSI has been working to create unique spiritual platforms for adults, teens and youth based on the Examen Watson pioneered as Sacred Story. Fr. Watson received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009 from The Catholic University of America (Washington DC). He also holds Master 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.

Sponsored by the Department of Catholic Schools and the Department of Catholic Identity & Assessment