FROM BACK COVER
Fr. H. M. Manteau-Bonamy, OP, STD was a peritus at the Second Vatican Council where he followed closely all the relevant questions concerning Marian teaching. That background lent particular authority to his earlier book, La Vierge Marie et le Saint Esprit (Ed. P. Lethielleux), a commentary on chapter eight of Lumen Gentium, the Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.
That study was already in its second edition when it came to the attention of Fr. George Domanski, OFM CONV., at that time International Director of the Militia Immaculatae. In the midst of publishing the writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Father Domanski noted a striking community of thought between the Saint and our author. As a result he asked Father Manteau-Bonamy to write a brief doctrinal synthesis as a preface to a book by Fr. J. F. Villepelee, which made available for the first time in French the Entretiens Spirituels du P. Kolbe (the Spiritual Conferences of Father Kolbe).
Kolbe's grasp of the mystery of Mary immediately captivated Father Manteau-Bonamy, and the French Dominican has been speaking and writing on it ever since. Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit is a profound study of Kolbe's basic discovery: Mary the Immaculata is the chief visible manifestation of the Holy Spirit's presence in the Church, and the universal instrument of the Spirit's mission to unite all men to Christ our Savior.