Dominican Appointed as Archbishop by Pope
The Diocese of Roseau is extremely happy that, Pope Francis appointed Kelvin Felix as Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
He is among 19 Catholic prelates from around the world, who were elevated to the office by Pope Francis on Sunday January 12th 2014.
The Pope stated that, the new Cardinals represent the deep ecclesiastical relationship between the Church of Rome and the other Churches throughout the world.
Acting Prime Minister, Honourable Reginald Austrie, congratulated Mr. Felix on his appointment on behalf of the Government and the people of Dominica.
He said Pope Francis’ decision to appoint Mr. Felix as a Cardinal demonstrates wisdom and fore sight in expanding the church in its development.
Archbishop Felix served as Principal of St. Mary’s Academy from 1972–1975 and Associate General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches from 1975–1981.
He served as President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference from 1991–1997 and President of the Caribbean Conference of Churches from 1981–1986.
Since his retirement as archbishop, Felix moved back to Dominica where he has been helping out in various parishes and served as parish Priest of St. Patrick, Grand Bay and St. Mark in Soufriere.
The ceremony, at which the cardinals are formally instated, will be held in Rome on February 22, 2014.
His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, congratulates Archbishop Kelvin Felix for the great honour bestowed upon him by the Holy Father, stating it is no doubt an indication of his selfless dedication to the Church and the esteem at which he is held by Holy See.