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Fr. Damian Ference

Priest of Diocese of Cleveland, OH

Father Damian Ference is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland.  He serves at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio as Director of Human Formation and Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

 Father 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, Father 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

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...

Living on a Prayer: My Top Ten Albums of 2017

by Fr. Damian Ference . December 21, 2017 . 8 Comments

What do the following musicians all have in common: Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Jack White, Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Stephen Tyler, Lana Del Ray, Conor Oberst, Ariana ...

Taylor Swift’s Desire to Be Known in a Throwaway Culture: A Review of “Reputation”

by Fr. Damian Ference . November 27, 2017 . 1 Comments

Unfold the insert to Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation and you’ll see a black and white mugshot of Ms. Swift, as if she had been arrested and booked for a crime. Swift is 27, which is a bad year for musicia...

The Theology of the Dog

by Fr. Damian Ference . October 09, 2017 . 2 Comments

As a philosopher and theologian, Saint John Paul II developed an entire system of thought based upon scripture and tradition that considers what the human body reveals to us about God’s plan for us, which he approp...

The Heart of St. Francis

by Fr. Damian Ference . October 04, 2017 . 3 Comments

I am a diocesan priest, but I like to tell people that I am part-Capuchin. That’s because in addition to the diocesan priests that staff our college seminary, we also have three Capuchin friars on formation faculty...