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Fr. Damian Ference

Priest of Diocese of Cleveland, OH

Fr. Damian Ference is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and is a doctoral student inphilosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy.

Fr. Ference graduated from Borromeo Seminary/John Carroll University in 1998, and after earning his M.A. and M.Div. from Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology he was ordained for the diocese of Cleveland in 2003. He served as parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Hudson, Ohio from 2003-2007. In 2009 he earned his licentiate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  Ference has been part of the formation faculty at Borromeo Seminary since 2009.

In addition to writing for Word on Fire, Fr. Ference has published articles in a wide variety of periodicals, including AmericaCatholic Universe Bulletin, Commonweal,Dappled Things, EmmanuelFirstThings.comHomiletic and Pastoral Review, Human Development, Pastoral LifeSeminary JournalThe Plain Dealer, The PriestU.S. Catholic and Worship.  Ference also regularly preaches retreats and parish missions. He is the founder and director of {TOLLE LEGE} Summer Institute and is a lifetime member of the Flannery O’Connor Society.  

Fr. Damian Ference Latest Blog Posts

Faith, Reason, and a Washing Machine

All analogies limp, but here is how a laundry room can help explain the harmonious relationship of faith and reason.

by Fr. Damian Ference . November 28, 2018 . 0 Comments

If you are a regular reader of Word on Fire, then you know that one of the big themes of this movement is the harmony between faith and reason, fides et ratio. One of the false narratives of our time is that you have to ...

Scorsese, Springsteen, and the Sacrifice of Celibacy

by Fr. Damian Ference . March 28, 2018 . 0 Comments

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.”  Hebrews 4:15 During Holy Week of 2017, I found mys...

“I, Tonya”: A Study of Virtue

by Fr. Damian Ference . February 06, 2018 . 0 Comments

Virtue is an acquired habit of excellence at something. Virtue is not something that comes naturally to us, but something that becomes “second nature” through practice, habit, and good instruction. Language ...

Aristotle, Priests, and the Art of Preaching

by Fr. Damian Ference . January 29, 2018 . 1 Comments

Aristotle was a pagan. He died more than three hundred years before the Incarnation, and so Dante put him in the first circle of hell along with his great teacher, Plato. Yet St. Thomas Aquinas consistently referred to...

Beyond Grief and Anger: A Review of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

by Fr. Damian Ference . December 28, 2017 . 1 Comments

NOTE: This review contains spoilers. If you enjoy the fiction of Flannery O’Connor, then you’ll enjoy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the latest film by Martin McDonagh. In fact, O’Connor&rs...