Born in Oceanside, N.Y., on June 26, 1955. He taught sociology at Belmont Abby College for one year and then served as director of religious education at Queen of the Apostles Parish in Belmont, N.C., from 1980 to 1982. In 1982, he professed solemn final vows as a benedictine monk at Belmont Abbey. he was ordained a Catholic priest on June 28, 1986. He served at Saint Michael’s Parish, Gastonia, from 1988 to 1993. He also served as a member of the Presbyteral Council in the Diocese of Charlotte, on the liturgical commission of the diocese and in various other positions at Belmont Abbey monastery and in the diocese. He also assisted as a case worker in the diocesan marriage Tribunal.
O God, You raised Your servant, Felix, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchizedek, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Your Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Your Own Holy Name.
We beseech You to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults,
admitting him speedily into Your Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors.
This we ask through Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord.