Fr. Peter Damien 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.
War, Peace and Our Lady of All Nations
Relating the Keypoint of History to the Messages of Mary
"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."
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.