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Father Peter Damian M. Fehlner

Father Peter Damian M. Fehlner (1931-2018) was the Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe from 2008-2012. Father Peter was 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 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 was 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. Father Peter entered the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual in 1951, in the mid-1990s he transfiliated to the Franciscans of the Immaculate, and in 2015 he returned to his original religious order of Friars Minor Conventual. Father Peter went to his eternal reward on May 8, 2018.

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