Felix, Kelvin Edward
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Santa Maria della Salute a Primavalle
Native Country: West Indies
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 22 February 2014
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop emeritus of Castries, the West Indies 
Papal Elector: Not Eligible to Vote Due to Age

Kelvin Edward Felix was born in Roseau, Dominica, on 15 February 1933. In 1951 he left Dominica to study for the priesthood at St John Vianney Seminary in Trinidad. He returned to Dominica and was ordained a priest on 8 April 1956. He was the first native born priest for the Diocese of Roseau and the first priest to be ordained on the island. Following his ordination, he began working in pastoral ministry in Dominica and St Kitts. He studied adult education at the University of St Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia, and sociology and anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He then pursued studies in England and there served as chaplain to the West Indies community. Moved by the social and economic plight of the faithful he served, he organized a credit union which became an effective instrument for resolving the problems of the migrants. Having completed his studies, he returned as a lecturer to St John Vianney Seminary in Trinidad. There he taught sociology and pastoral theology, and also served as a tutor in sociology at the University of the West Indies. Soon however he was asked to return to Dominica and appointed as principal of St Mary's Academy for Boys, which had been destabilized by the Black Power Movement. At this time he was also appointed secretary general of the Caribbean Conference of Churches. He was ordained a bishop on 5 October 1981, subsequent to his appointment as Archbishop of Castries, Santa Lucia. In 1981 he was appointed president of the Caribbean Conference of Churches and in 1991 president of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. During his 27 years as bishop, he established a novitiate for local Dominican nuns, a pre-seminary formation program in Castries, as well as various associations for the poor and needy. In July 1986 he welcomed John Paul II to the Major Seminary in Trinidad which is dedicated to the Polish Pope. During Holy Week in 2004 an attempt was made on the life of the Archbishop. However the assailant failed to slit the Archbishop's throat because he was wearing his clerical collar. In February 2008 he retired and today serves in rural parishes on the island.