Celebrating St. Felix in Rome
In preparation for the feast of St. Felix of Cantalice on May 18, the sisters at Our Lady Mediatrix of Graces Generalate in Rome, Italy, took turns attending the morning Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rome. It is in this church where St. Felix is buried.
The sisters of the generalate community, as well as the sisters from Villa Stritch, celebrated the feast day of St. Felix by joining the Capuchin Friars at Immaculate Conception Parish for the recitation of the rosary and Eucharistic celebration combined with Evening Prayer on Wednesday, May 18. The rosary was led by a Capuchin Friar, while SM Alina Krasowska proclaimed the first reading in Italian, and SM Agnieszka Mruga played the organ for the liturgy.
Before prayers, sisters visited the tomb and room of St. Felix. Upon conclusion of the Mass, the congregation received a blessing from several friars at the site of the tomb of St. Felix. The friars also encouraged participants to accept a small cup of water, Aqua San Felice from a spring in the town of Cantalice. Legend has it that when the people of the town were complaining of the heat and no water, Felix struck the ground with a stick and, from that time on, spring water flows.
The friars invited the sisters and parishioners to join them for refreshments that turned out to be a delicious catered meal.
SM Lorianne Tylczynski, local minister, said, “All who attended enjoyed the warmth and generosity of the friars.”