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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

Books That Rocked My World: Aristotle's “Nicomachean Ethics”

by Fr. Damian Ference . August 28, 2017 . 2 Comments

The world of books is as deep as it is wonderous. It's amazing how books written centuries ago can still start a spark in our modern minds. C.S. Lewis once said, "It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allo...

What Men Fear Most

by Fr. Damian Ference . August 16, 2017 . 3 Comments

Last week I took the last empty seat at a lunch table where five of our seminarians were engaged in a fiery discussion about priestly vocations. One of them was trying to figure out why his pastor only told him that he ...

In Defense of Breakdancing Priests

by Fr. Damian Ference . July 26, 2017 . 14 Comments

Recently a video of two priests breakdancing at a Steubenville youth conference went viral. The young priests were dressed in their clerics, their moves were pretty fly, and the thousands of teens who were gathered aroun...

The Prophetic Nature of the Male Celibate Priesthood

by Fr. Damian Ference . July 18, 2017 . 10 Comments

I am well aware that many Catholics disagree with the Church’s understanding of the priesthood. Many object to the requirement of celibacy, pointing back to a time in the early church when many priests were ma...

There's Something for (Almost) Everyone in 'The Young Pope'

by Fr. Damian Ference . June 06, 2017 . 3 Comments

This week the HBO mini series The Young Pope is being released on DVD.  I watched the entire series twice.  The first viewing was by myself and the second was in two marathon sessions with some very Catholic fr...