Book of Saints – Felix of Cantalicio

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

(Saint) (May 18) (16th century) A Saint in great veneration in Italy. Born about A.D. 1513, near Rieti, of poor parents, he worked in his youth in the fields, and at the age of thirty entered among the Capuchins as a lay-brother, and as such for forty years begged about Rome. His intimacy with Saint Philip Neri, and how, as the greatest of earthly blessings, they used to wish one another ” sufferings for Christ,” is proverbial. Saint Felix was also much valued by Saint Charles Borromeo. His characteristic seems to have been throughout a life of austere penance, a cheerful piety, whence his nickname “Deo gratias” (“Thanks be to God”). He died in Rome in great joy of spirit, May 18, 1587. He is often represented carrying a beggar’s wallet inscribed “Deo Gratias.”

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Felix of Cantalicio”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2018. Web. 15 June 2021. <>