Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA
About Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA
Father MacPherson was born in New Waterford, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. He arrived at Graymoor in 1963. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, graduating in 1976. He was ordained in 1978. Community assignments took him to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City where he taught Catholic theology at Methodist University of Oklahoma City and served the Archdiocese as director for campus ministry. He later was appointed associate pastor in the Church of the Atonement in Windsor, Ontario, followed by his appointment as director of postulants at Graymoor. In 1984 he was assigned to St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond, British Columbia and in 1985 was elected vicar general of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, a position he held until 1989. He then returned to the Parish of the Atonement in Windsor, where he served as pastor for twelve years. In 1999 he was appointed director of post novitiate formation for the Friars and moved to Toronto. At that time, he was also appointed director for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto where he continues in fulltime ministry, participating in interreligious dialogue with Jews, Muslims, Anglicans and other faiths.
He is a frequent contributor to Toronto Register, and has received Catholic Press Awards. He appears on the Canadian Catholic TV Network, Salt & Light TV to talk about ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Father MacPherson is the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) appointee to the National Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue.