23, 1934 - August 17, 1987)
Felix Russell entered St. Joseph's Novitiate in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
in 1953. He completed his Scholasticate at Marist College in Poughkeepsie,
New York. Brother Felix served as a teacher at Mount Saint Michael Academy
in Bronx, New York; Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Poughkeepsie, New
York; and as school treasurer at Marist High School, Chicago, Illinois
and Central Catholic High , Lawrence, Massachusetts. Between 1971 and
1979, Felix was assistant provincial treasurer. More recently, he served
as business manager for the Marist Missionary Sisters. He died at Massachusetts
General Hospital in August 1987 after a brief illness. Printed below
is an excerpt from
John Malich's eulogy delivered at Mount Saint Michael Chapel, Bronx,
many ways Felix's life was the Brothers. As a young boy he came to Mount
Saint Michael as a boarder, and spent his "growing-up" years
with and among the Brothers. This experience ultimately led to his love
for this particular family and his entrance into the novitiate. And
he brought all of this love, and that special energy and fire which
was uniquely Felix, to his commitment.
he loved the Brotherhood so, he could point to things within the family
that he felt needed to be looked at, changed, adjusted-always from his
perspective. He could argue, rave, and rant, but always out of a deep
love for who we all are.
was always there when needed, to show a gentle concern for the sick,
to attend every funeral of a Brother or Brother's parent -- no matter
always in Felix's life there was a hunger, a yearning for "something"
-- something better than was now present to him. Maybe it would be that
next community he joined, or perhaps that particular title or position
or role he attained: then everything would be great. This yearning always
made him seem to me to be waiting for that "something" that
was just around the bend, that something which finally would complete
him, and make everything whole.
is consoling for us this morning to know in our faith that Felix has
finally arrived home, that all his yearning has been so wonderfully
and unimaginably fulfilled. We rejoice for you, Felix, that you are
finally at peace. We ask you to remember all of us still on the journey.