Rev. Daniel M. Ruff, S.J.
Professor of Homiletics
Fr. Daniel M. Ruff, S.J. is the current pastor of Old St. Joseph's Parish in Philadelphia. Prior to this assignment, Fr. Ruff served as Director of Campus Ministry and Acting Coordinator of Jesuit Mission and Identity at Loyola College in MD from 2000-2008. Fr. Dan entered the MD Province of the Society of Jesus in 1976 and was ordained in 1986. A graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, he holds a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the Catholic University of America. During his years at Loyola, he taught regularly as an affiliate faculty member in the department of Theology; he also gave frequent presentations and workshops to colleagues and students on Ignatian spirituality and history, created and led numerous retreats, participated in a men’s support group, and served as chaplain to the Men’s Lacrosse Team. In recent years, at the request of the MD Province, he has participated in two Ignatian-Lay Partners Retreats and has presented on homiletics to his brother Jesuits throughout the province.
From 1993-2000, Fr. Dan taught Systematic and Liturgical Theology and Homiletics and served as a mentor and spiritual director for seminarians at St. Mary’s Seminary and University (Baltimore), where he was Associate Professor. During his tenure at St. Mary’s, Fr. Dan regularly assisted on weekends at St. Dominic Parish; he also gave workshops on liturgy, preaching, and Ignatian spirituality to priests, permanent deacons, seminarians, and laity in parishes and retreat centers throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore as well as in Gettysburg, Wheeling-Charleston, Palm Springs, New Orleans, upstate New York, and Australia. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics, and the Jungmann Society of Jesuit Liturgists.
In his free time, Fr. Dan enjoys, reading fiction, listening to classical music, and attending theatre and film. He is fascinated by the interface of postmodern Western culture with religion, faith, and spirituality and reads widely on these subjects. However, he is a pastoral priest at heart rather than a scholar; like St. Ignatius, his first love is “helping souls.” Father Ruff teaches homiletics in the Theological Seminary.