The Spirit and the Church

Peter Damian Fehler's Franciscan Development of Vatican II on the Themes of the Holy Spirit, Mary, and the Church Festchrift

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J. Isaac Goff, Christiaan W. Kappes
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , October
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Spirit and the Church celebrates the life and legacy of Peter Damian Fehlner, OFM Conv., who for the past six decades has carried the torch of the Franciscan theological and philosophical vision in the fields of ecclesiology, pneumatology, Mariology, and anthropology. Articles by colleagues, former students, and associates fall into three broad categories, corresponding with several of the main areas in which Fehlner has made a longstanding scholarly contribution: the Church’s Magisterium and development of doctrine, anthropology,comma and creation; the relation between Mariology, pneumatology, and ecclesiology; and scholarly seeds planted by Fehlner now being cultivated and harvested by younger scholars. All of the essays in this volume engage with Fehlner, evaluate his contributions, and build upon and expand in new directions the contributions of our honoree. The essays in this volume manifest the contemporary relevance of Fehlner’s Franciscan vision in terms of his invitation to renew the theology of the Church in a Marian mode in the light of Vatican II.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

J. Isaac Goff is Instructor in Theology at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary. His recent publications include: Caritas in Primo: A Study of Bonaventure's Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity (2015) and, as co-editor, A Companion to Bonaventure (2014).

Christiaan W. Kappes is Academic Dean of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary.

Edward J. Ondrako is currently 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.


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