Father Lehne

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Name Father Dominic Lehne
Actor Rob LaBelle
Dates October 1972 (possessed by Azazel)
Location Unknown
Occupation Priest
Episode(s) 4.22 Lucifer Rising

History

Father Lehne was a priest at St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland. He converted to the Catholic faith after gaining a degree from Trinity College in Oxnard and soon after traveled to France to study to become a priest. He eventually returned to America three years after his ordination.

In October of 1972 he was possessed by the demon Azazel, who proceeded to slaughter eight nuns in order to communicate with Lucifer.

Episodes

Newspaper article detailing the St. Mary's Convent massacre.

4.22 Lucifer Rising

In October 1972, Father Lehne is preparing to close up St. Mary's Convent in Ilchester, Maryland, for the night when the demon Azazel appears as smoke, catches the priest off guard, and possesses him.

The following day, the possessed Father Lehne tells a group of eight nuns about his perspective on Lucifer's fall and imprisonment. He also tells them that "I feel, in a very literal sense, that I have been wandering the desert for years" searching for "his father" and that he has found the opening to his prison. The possessed priest locks the nuns in the sanctuary and slaughters them. He then places one inverted body on the altar, and pleads for Lucifer to "whisper through the door." Lucifer obliges, speaking through the dead nun's mouth. Azazel asks how he can free him. Lucifer says that Lilith can break the seals, and he tells Azazel to find "a special child. A very special child." This is the beginning of Azazel's project with the Special Children, of which Sam was an end product.

When Father Lehne is dispossessed, he remembers the demon's name: "Azazel." His account is recorded in the local newspaper that Sam reads to Ruby. It is possible that the priest is still alive. However, he'd likely be sixty to seventy years old.

Trivia

  • Though not named in the episode itself, the newspaper Sam reads about the 1972 massacre at St. Mary's Convent reveals his name to be Dominic Lehne. The surname Lehne is a reference to frequent Azazel actor Frederic Lehne.