Friend of St. Philip Neri and acquaintance of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Felix spent his life as a lay brother in the order which would eventually become the Capuchins of the Franciscans.
Despite no formal education, he was sought out by many for his advice and became known for his sanctity, his fruitful efforts to aid the poor and his fidelity of lifetime service. He recognized the effectiveness of teaching young children through the use of song and was seen throughout Rome singing them the catechism.
He reportedly was favored with visions of Mary and was allowed in one of them, to hold the baby Jesus in his arms. Artists have often depicted this vision.