Question of Faith

Question of Faith

A weekly question of faith answered by Cleveland Catholics. Fr. Damian Ference, Vicar of Evangelization and Mike Hayes Director of Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland co-host with frequent guests from the Diocesan Office who join in the conversation.


November 29, 2022 17 min

Mary Bonino and Calla Gill join us to talk about our Eucharistic Revival Bill boards.

0:32:  Nobody stole them!

1:00:  Fr. Damian talks about the initial idea of the Billboard Campaign.

2:25: Why 33 Billboards?

3:04:  So what was the process like creating these billboards.  Mary talks about finding Saint quotes on the Eucharist.

4:00:  A campagn of wonder!

4:10:   Calla talks about the design.

6:00:   Take pictures of the billboards with ...

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Patrick Grace joins us from the Catholic Community Foundation.

Be sure to join us for We Give Catholic on Tuesday, November 29 on the livestream from 9a-3p.

0:30:  So what is We Give Catholic anyway?

0:43:  The first year we did this we had a huge snowstorm.

1:07:  A little history of non-profit fundraising efforts in Catholic communities on #GivingTuesday

2:19:  Fr. Damian and Mike will be your livestream hosts for the morning.

2:42: T...

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November 15, 2022 19 min

Sr. Jane Nesmith joins us as the new Director of Black Catholic Ministries of the Cleveland Diocese.

It's our 50th Episode of Question of Faith.

0:40:  SrJane tried to get her new driver's licence today

1:10:   Sr Jane is a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament.  Founded by St. Katherine Drexel and is from Philly originally, but she's worked in Louisiana for some time.

2:00:   She's a Xavier, New Orleans graduate and is on th...

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Fr. Eric Garris, Assistant Coordinator of Vocations for Diocesan Priesthood and Recruiter for Borromeo and St Mary's Seminary joins us.

0:40:  The longest title in the history of titles.

1:30:   Fr Garris talks about quanitity and quality...and our often focus on numbers.

2:40:  Fr. garris' question back when he is asked how many vocations do you have?

3:20:  By the time they meet the vocation director....

4:00  When Fr Damian w...

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0:00:  Maria Wancata from the Marriage and Family Ministry Office joins us.

0:50:   So DO I have to count my sins?

1:17:  So how well do you examine your conscience?

1:50:   Canon 988:   Re: Count the grave sins to the best of your ability.

2:47:  Maybe you can give "an idea" of how often you do this?

3:24   If you're counting dilignetly then you're probably overly-scrupulous.

3:30:   But more serious sins--you'll pro...

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Emily Ahlin, Diocesan Archivist joins us and is sick.

0:55:   Emily got sick camping and then led our diocesan young adult retreat.

1:25:  Common question. 

1:35 Emily responds:  And it's unexpected.

2:20:  What are some factors that distract us?

2:40:  It's not dis-similar to other walks of life.

3:05:  Mike asks a different question, but it's not about the collection.

3:50:  FD ask a question:  What are you expecting?

4:15: ...

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October 18, 2022 21 min

0:00:  Francine Costantini, Director of Youth Ministry joins us.

0:44:  We got Guardians gear on for tonight's game. 

1:05:  Mike has a Wille Mays Hayes jersey on from the movie Major League.

1:36:  How did Mike choose his parish when he moved to Cleveland (Lakewood)?

2:08:  Mike did a search for his territorial parish....

2:49:  What is a territorial parish anyway? Francine explains.

3:24:   St Luke's did a lot for "non_Cat...

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0:00:  On location at the Rennaissance Hotel for the Conference for the Canon Law Society of America.

1:00:  What is a Midge?  Check out Joba Chamberlain fighting them off.

2:15:  What is Canon Law?

3:00:  Canon Law = How we live out our Theology?

3:30:  Canon law is especially important for Sacraments.

4:40:  What have you liked about the conference thus far?

5:00:  What's an Auditor?

6:40:  Do Canon Law and Evangelization work t...

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Mary Boneno, Executive Assistant for the Secretariat Parish Life (and a major Astros fan) joins us.

0:00:  Mary is from Houston!

0:50:  Mike's college roommate is from Houston!

1:15:  Mary and Mike and both transplants so who do they root for?

1:35:  Mike is not a Yankee fan.  He's a Mets guy.

2:00:  Mary's Houston Astros office decor.

2:20:  So who would Mary root for if Houston plays Cleveland in the next round?

3:00:  Mike ...

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Fr Dan Schlegel, Secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious, AKA the King of Puns.

1:00:  Fr Schlegel was Fr Damian's supervisor during his internship.

1:24:  The Secretary keeps all the records.

1:49:  What happens at a Priests' convocation?

2:39:   Speakers include: Dan Cellucci from the Catholic Leadership Institute.

3:20:  Speaker:  Deacon Greg Kandra, from The Deacon's Bench.

5:00:  What else goes on?  How do priests g...

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1:10:  Fr Damian asks the Bishop for some good book recommendations on books on faith and science and the Bishop talks a bit about his thoughts on the intersection between faith and science and the upcoming Eucharistic Revival.

5:27   Eucharist by Bishop Robert Barron

5:54:   Joseph Ratzinger's God is Near Us.

6:14:   20 rapid fire questions with Bishop Malesic:

6:36  Best and worst thing about being a Bishop?

8:32:  Best and worst ...

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0:00:  We're on location at Theology on Tap at Forest City Brewery in the Duck Island Section of Cleveland.  Our guest is Bishop Ed Malesic.

1:00:   What has Bishop Ed come to know about Cleveland?

4:30:   What should we do about divisions in the Church?

9:28:  How do we know what God's plan for us is?

18:23:  Take our listener survey

19:00  Give to the Matching Gift for Catholic Charities.

20:30:  Church Search goes to Holy Fami...

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0:00:  Calla Gill joins us for this week's cast.

1:00:  Bishop Robert Barron's interview with Shia LaBeouf.

3:30:  Calla's a convert!

4:00:  Fr Damian considers himself part Capachin!

5:25:  Have we seen this guy in a movie?

6:00  Padre Pio went after him.

6:35:   Fr. Jim McDermott's article on the interview in America Media.

7:30:   Bp. Barron's interview is more about his conversion.

8:45:  He was cancelled; but this...

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Francine Costantini joins us for this episode

(1:45)  Mass times app can be found here.

(2:00)  Visit different churches out of town.

(3:00) What about the sabbath?

(4:00) Fr. Damian invites himself to people's houses to watch the game.

(5:15)   Always starts with what's good.  Be curious not judgemental.

(6:00)  Athetic ability fades.

(8:00)  There's more to life than being a good ballplayer.  There are different types of go...

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0:30:   Major announcement from Maria Wancata....

1:05:   What's the intention?

1:40:  Boycott of deli in Parma for selling porn.

2:30:  Remote vs. Formal or Implicit Cooperation.

3:35:  Hard to live prudently without using some of these companies.  Amazon Smile helps.

6:50  Sustainable toilet paper:

7:50:  What about music?  What can I support?  How can I be salt, light and leaven?

8:45:  Can you support the Browns...

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August 30, 2022 23 min

Brooke Uehlein joins us from the communications team and even provided her own question!

Church Search goes to St Clarence in North Olmstead, OH

Readings for next weekend can be found here.

Join us for Theology on Tap on September 20 at Forest City Brewery with Bishop Malesic.

Sign up for first ever Young Adult Retreat.

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Bishop Ed Malesic, the Bishop of Cleveland joins us at The Fest...a giant festival on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership each year.

We talk a lot about why we gather others to be on Pilgrimage with us.

1:54:  The Hillbilly Thomists and The Fest are good examples.

2:19:  It takes courage for people to walk into a church when they aren't Catholic.  So we need to show them that we're normal, happy and healthy.


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On Location at the Becoming Fire Outdoor Festival.

Joe Vicario, one of the hosts of Becoming Fire and the Founder of Catching Fire, a Young Adult Discussion Group in Parma, OH joins us.

0:45:  What's Catching Fire?

1:35:  Do people disagree?

2:03:  In Philosophy "an argument" is a good thing.

3:22:  Often there's no dialogue because things just appen on Twitter.

3:50:  Here's a success story from a conversation on ado...

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August 9, 2022 16 min

On Location at Becoming Fire: The Vocation Office's Outdoor Festival.

Lindsay Fullerman joins us from

We talk about how prayer and exercise are linked.

Church search goes to St. Barnabus.

Readings for next week can be found here.

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Brooke Uehein joins us again for this week's cast.

0:00:   So the priest changed the words "many" to "all"

1:00:   What word was changed?  Because some are deal breakers!

2:00:  Here's why you shouldn't change any words!

2:50:  Pope Francis' letter on liturgy, Desiderio Desideravi.

2:50:  What does "for many" mean anyway?

4:55:   That's a good name for an indie Band!

5:09:  In these or similar w...

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