New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Felix of Cantalice

detail of the painting 'The Vision of St Felix of Cantalice'; by Carlo Ceresa, 1644; church of San Giorgio Martire, Nese, Italy; Web Gallery of Art; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Confessor, born near Cantalice, Italy, 1513; died Rome, Italy, 1587. He entered the Capuchin Order, 1543, and for 40 years exercised a wonderful influence among all classes. He worked chiefly among children, whom he taught to sing the canticles which he composed. Though illiterate, he was so advanced in the spiritual life that Saint Philip Neri selected him to assist Saint Charles Borromeo in drawing up the constitutions for his Oblates. In his humility and simplicity, Felix styled himself the “Ass of the Capuchins.” Represented holding the Infant Jesus in his arms. Canonized, 1712. Relics in the Capuchin church of the Immaculate Conception, Rome. Feast, 18 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Felix of Cantalice”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2018. Web. 18 January 2019. <>