Much of the success of the Symposium was due to Fr. Peter Mary Fehlner, F.I., professor of theology at the Friars' Institute of Theological Studies, the "Immaculatam", in Frigento, Italy, who served as Symposium Chairman, and presided at the various sessions.
With judicious theological comments drawn from the rich teaching of St. Bonaventure and Blessed John Duns Scotus, he
summed up the doctrinal orientation of the Friars of the Immaculate: "Our Lady is our Philosophy".
The development of Marian theology in our time, he
added, is indispensable for the Church's overcoming the Crisis of Faith in our time and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart prophesied at Fatima .