The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Felix de Andreis

Father Felix de AndreisAmong the first Lazarists who came to the United States in 1817 with Bishop Dubourg of New Orleans, was the servant of God, Felix de Andreis. He was from Demonte in Piedmont and had already won distinction in Rome as a preachfer and as adviser of high dignitaries in the Church until the time of Pius VII. It was his constant desire, however, to spend his life in labor among the heathen. But though the servant of God was not to be sent to China as he had hoped, the United States offered all that the ardent heart of an apostle could desire. Bishop Dubourg sent Father de Andreis to Saint Louis, to be vicar-general and pastor. There were in this district negroes and Indians who languished in the misery of heathenism, and large numbers of white men who also were sunk in an ignorance almost as deep. But souls are always desirous of salvation if only the word of God be announced to them with charity. Father de Andreis had an extraordinary success in this great field, a success in which the unselfishness of his wonderful zeal played a great part.

The servant of God was also superior of the Lazarist mission in America, novice-master and director of a college. The establishment of a seminary in Barrens was due to his endeavors. Unfortunately this indefatigable man died when only forty-two years of age, on 15 October 1820. Even non-Catholics mourned his death as an irremediable loss.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916