The Spirit and the Church

In late 2015, +Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, OFM Conv. returned to the Franciscan Friars Conventual Order. He re-professed his Solemn Vows with our province, on September 17, 2016. Although he began his live as a Franciscan in our Order 55 years prior, for 20 years, he had been serving as a member of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FI).  He died May 8, 2018, once again as a Conventual Friar. It was less than two years after fulfilling his greatest wish of returning “home” to us. He spend those last months assigned to the St. Joseph Cupertino Friary which serves the needs of the pilgrims to our Shrine of St. Anthony ministry, in Ellicott City, MD. We had joyfully welcomed him home and he was a strong and beloved presence at the Shrine, where he is dearly missed.

On October 1, 2018, Pickwick Publications, published The Spirit and the Church: Peter Damian Fehlner’s Franciscan Development of Vatican II on the Themes of the Holy Spirit, Mary, and the Church: Festschrift*.
Included among the editors is Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Edward J. Ondrako, OFM Conv. who is currently a Research Fellow at the Pontifical Faculty of St. Bonaventure, Rome, and Visiting Scholar at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Angelo Geiger, OFM Conv., another friar of our province, who is also a transfer to our Order from the Franciscans of the Immaculate, served as one of the contributors, as well. Our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. also contributed to the publication, including his homage to Friar Peter Damian at the beginning of the volume.

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*Side Note: In academia, a Festschrift is a book honoring a respected academic. In addition to the work of the honoree, it can also contain original contributions by the academic’s close colleagues and former doctoral students. It often includes important contributions to scholarship or science.