Alumni Profile: Fr. Damian J. Ference ’94


Fr. Damian J. Ference ’94, M.Div., M.A., Ph.L.

Fr. Damian J. Ference ’94, M.Div., M.A., Ph.L.


Incarnate Word Academy (K-8), Class of 1990
Holy Name High School (9-12), Class of 1994
Borromeo Seminary/John Carroll University, Class of 1998 (Philosophy Major)
St. Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology, Class of 2003 (M.Div., M.A.)
Licentiate in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, 2009
Currently a doctoral student in philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy

Current Profession:

Priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, currently living and working in Rome, Italy.
Author of “The Strangeness of Truth” (Pauline Books & Media, 2019).

What activities were you involved with as a student at Holy Name?

Campus Ministry, Football (9-10), Baseball (9-12), and Choir.

Who was your favorite teacher and/or what was your favorite subject?

Mrs. Linda Chambers, English. I fondly remember reading “The Scarlet Letter,” “Great Gatsby,” and “Huckleberry Finn”!

What is your fondest memory of Holy Name?

I always enjoyed the rallies, football games, basketball games, all-school Masses and anytime we gathered as an entire school. Holy Name always felt like family to me. Also, Sunday Night Masses with Fr. Krizner were fantastic.

How did Holy Name prepare you for your life as an adult?

Holy Name taught me that I was loved by God, that He had a plan for me, and that His plan was to pour myself out in self-giving love for others. Holy Name also taught me that I wouldn’t find happiness in power, money, or pleasure, but in doing the good for the sake of the good. Those lessons have proved very helpful in my life.

Fr. Damian J. Ference ’94, M.Div., M.A., Ph.L.

What does Holy Name mean to you?

Family, faith, tradition, and unpretentiousness.