University Profiles

Fr. William McDonald

William M. McDonald III, S.T.L., S.T.B.

Associate Spiritual Director and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology

School of Theology


Fr. William McDonald specializes in spirituality and spiritual direction.

Fr. William McDonald, during his year of college studies spent some time in formation with the Salesians of St. John Bosco, eventually getting his degree in Humanities from St. Patrick's College in Mountain View, Ca. in 1985. He then went to Rome and received priestly formation at the North American College in Rome, receiving an STB (1988) and an STL (1990) in Spirituality from the Pontifical Angelicum University.  

During his 25 years of priestly service, he has done extensive parish ministry (English and Spanish) and has served as vocation director and on the personnel board in the Diocese of Stockton Ca. He has also had the opportunity to serve as a missionary and has been involved with teen and young adult ministry. While pastor at St. Stanislaus Church in Modesto, Ca, he did the fundraising and planning for the eventual construction of the new church built there.  

Throughout his years of service as priest, he has been involved being a spiritual director for priests, sisters and lay people and has enjoyed preaching both in the parish and through conducting parish missions for other parishes in the US.


  • S.T.L., Pontifical Angelicum University, Rome
  • S.T.B., Pontifical Angelicum University, Rome
  • B.A., St. Patrick's College, Mountain View, CA

Office Phone
(973) 275-2048


Office Location
Room 106
Lewis Hall


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