Cardinal Kelvin Edward Felix, Archbishop emeritus of Castries (Saint Lucia, Antilles, West Indies), was born in Roseau, Dominica, on 15 February, 1933. He studied at the St. John Vianney seminary in Trinidad.
He was ordained a priest on 8 April 1956. He was the first diocesan priest from Roseau and the first Catholic priest to be ordained in Dominica.
After several years of pastoral work in Dominica, from 1962 he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, where he obtained a degree in education in 1963; in 1967, he completed a Master’s degree in sociology and anthropology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He furthered his postgraduate studies in sociology at the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, England, graduating in 1970. While in England he made great efforts in aid of the Dominican immigrant community.
He has taught at the Seminary of St. John Vianney and has served as professor of Sociology at the University of the West Indies of St. Augustine.
He was appointed as archbishop of Castries on 17 July 1981, and he received episcopal consecration on 5 October of the same year. His pastoral governance of the diocese continued until 15 February 2008.
He has served as president of the Conference of Churches of the Caribbean, president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference and apostolic administrator of the diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados, and as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Synod Council for America.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 22 February 2014, of the Title of Santa Maria della Salute a Primavalle. (Our Lady of Health at Primavalle).
Interview with Archbishop Emeritus Kelvin Cardinal Felix on his Appointment as Cardinal
Rome Reports on the Elected Archbishop Emeritus Kelvin Cardinal Felix