Book of Saints – Felix of Nola – 14 January

detail of an ink drawing by Peter Vischer (1751-1823) of Saint Felix hiding from soldiers and being protected by a spiderArticle

FELIX of NOLA (Saint) Martyr (January 14) (3rd century) A Syrian by birth, who after serving in the Imperial army, became a priest at Nola in Southern Italy, and was chosen to be his chief adviser by the Bishop Saint Maximus. When in A.D. 250 the persecution under Decius broke out, Felix was seized, scourged and thrown into prison; but having been miraculously delivered therefrom, he watched over the deathbed of the Bishop, and devoted himself to the service of the rest of the persecuted group of Christians. Decius having perished and the Church being for a time at peace, the Bishopric of Nola was offered to Felix, which however, he refused, preferring to occupy himself as before in assisting the prelate chosen in his place. The ancients are loud in praise of his holiness of life and of his charity to all. He died in peace at an advanced age, A.D. 260, but on account of the many sufferings he had endured for Christ’s sake has always been honoured as a Martyr. He is commemorated annually on January 14 throughout the Catholic Church, and his shrine at Nola, where many miracles have been wrought in answer to prayers for help from him, is a famous place of pilgrimage. Saint Paulinus of Nola and Venerable Bede have both written the Life of Saint Felix, and Pope Saint Damasus has composed verses in his honour. Another Saint Felix, a Roman priest, whose Feast is also marked on the 14th of January, is often confused with the more famous Saint of Nola.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Felix of Nola”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 August 2018. Web. 18 June 2021. <>