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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

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...

The Hope of Walker Percy

by Fr. Damian Ference . May 23, 2017 . 2 Comments

If anyone should have killed himself, it should have been Walker Percy. After all, suicide ran in his family and it went back generations. One Percy overdosed on morphine—another jumped into a creek with a sug...

Geeks, Meeks, Greeks, and Freaks: The Four Types of Seminarians

by Fr. Damian Ference . May 17, 2017 . 1 Comments

Making distinctions is at the heart of philosophy: something is this and not that.  We human beings like making distinctions, and we are, for the most part, very good at it.  We classify animals, plants, soil, ...

The Vocation of Flannery O'Connor

by Fr. Damian Ference . March 30, 2017 . 1 Comments

One of the greatest disciples of the twentieth century was neither a priest, nor a religious, nor a married person. She was a celibate, single woman who spent the last 13 years of her life battling lupus while writi...