Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, S.T.D.

Fr FehlnerAlways such a relief to get the “green light” from my favorite theologian, Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner. For almost 20 years, I have been so blessed by the support and guidance of this holy priest and brilliant scholar! As soon as I finish the first draft of a manuscript, the first copy goes to him, and he always makes time to review it quickly and thoroughly. Sometimes I hear, “It’s OK; go to press.” At other times I get a detailed explanation of what to change and how to change it. In either case, it’s a great blessing, because when I do go to press, I feel confident that what I’ve written is clearly expressed and theologically accurate.

I was especially anxious to get Fr. Fehlner’s reaction to my new book, 7 Secrets of Confession, because in this book I’m trying to present what to many people may be a whole new way of going to confession. So it was a great joy to receive this note from him:

“Congratulations on another excellent treatment of a somewhat difficult subject: the blessings of a good and fruitful confession so often regarded at best as a burden to be endured. Simple and clear, yet profound too, this is a book which should be found in every Catholic home and on the book shelf of every confessor and director of souls.

 As far as I am concerned you can go to press immediately.

Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, S.T.D.
Author, St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity

Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, originally from Dolgeville, New York, was ordained in Rome in 1957. After receiving his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Seraphicum in Rome in 1959, he taught dogmatic theology in various seminaries and universities for more than 40 years. A renowned mariologist and author of St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity, he has written extensively on all things Marian and Franciscan, and has lectured at symposiums and conferences throughout North America and Europe.

For five years, he was editor of the magazine Miles Immaculatae founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe and has often been featured on EWTN. He is a Professor of Theology in the Franciscans’ Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies, the Immaculatum (STIM) in Frigento, Italy.

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  • The goal, the destination, or the purpose [of our life] is the encounter with God ... who desires to restore us ... ~ Pope Francis