Fr. Peter Damien Fehlner, FI

Fr. Peter Damien Fehlner, FI

Father Peter is a native of Dolgeville, New York. He was ordained in Rome in 1957, and received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Seraphicum in Rome in 1959. For over 40 years he has taught dogmatic theology in various seminaries and university faculties. He has written and lectured extensively, especially on things Marian and Franciscan, in North America and Europe; for five years, he was editor of the magazine Miles Immaculatae founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe and has been featured on EWTN. He is a member of the General Council of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and a Professor of Theology in the Franciscans' Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies, the Immaculatum (STIM) in Frigento, Italy.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 23:48

Mary and Franciscanism

An Article by Fr. Peter Damian M. Fehlner, FI

I. Mary and Our Franciscan Origins

In his Testament, St. Francis himself unambiguously identifies the primary source of his vocation: “No man showed me what to do, but the Most High revealed to me that I was to live according to the form of the Holy Gospel.” As we know so well, that form of life chosen for and shown to Francis by the crucified Savior had a dual purpose: to conform Francis perfectly to the crucified Lord, and to make Francis his instrument in sustaining and “rebuilding” His Church. Many other human and natural factors undoubtedly had an influence in the genesis and specification of Francis’ vocation, and, thus, in any scrutiny of our origins for purposes of renewal, deserve our attention. None, however, if we are to be true to our holy Father, can compare with and, therefore, have that final, normative influence on our understanding and resolve to renew our lives and our communities which the mind and intentions of Christ possess in this regard. Historical and cultural considerations are strictly subordinate to the mind of Christ on the nature of the Franciscan way as confirmed by the Lord Pope, as valid today as in the 13th century. In a word, Francis and his Order are the exclusive possession of Christ, neither in origin, nor form, nor end, the product of merely natural historical forces — and so they must remain.

Thursday, 03 May 2012 22:22

War, Peace and Our Lady of All Nations

War, Peace and Our Lady of All Nations

Relating the Keypoint of History to the Messages of Mary

An Article by Fr. Peter Damien Fehlner, FI

"Dr. Richard Russell, a recent convert to Catholicism, is a well-known student of contemporary international relations, in particular of international security and military strategy. He is therefore well qualified to comment on the themes of war and peacein two of the most important appearances of Mary during the last century."

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 15:13

The Beginning in North America

The Mission of the Immaculate in North America (USA & Canada) entrusted to our Institute began in December, 1990, when Fr. Thomas Mary Huff took up residence in a small cabin at the Seminary of the Twelve Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT (USA), where he was completing his theological studies.

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