Celestin Joseph Felix, a French preacher, born at Neuville-sur-1'Escaut, near Valenciennes, June 28, 1810. He studied at Cambrai, and after his ordination was employed there in pastoral duties. He entered the novitiate of the Jesuits in 1837, and was appointed professor of rhetoric in the college of Bruge-lette. While there a discourse delivered by him at an academic celebration caused his superiors to employ him exclusively in the ministry of preaching. He went to Paris, heard the best speakers of the bar, the pulpit, and the legislature, preached his first course of Advent sermons in the church of St. Thomas d'Aquin in 1851, and the Lenten course in St. Germain des Pres in 1852. In 1853 he succeeded Lacordaire and Ravignan in the pulpit of Notre Dame; and from that year until 1869 he held that post. He was superior of his order in Nancy, when in June, 1871, he was appointed superior of the Jesuit residence in the rue de Sevres, Paris, in place of Pere Ollivaint, killed during the commune. His sermons have been published under the title of Le progres par le Christianisme: Conferences de Notre-Dame (13 vols. 8vo, Paris, 1856-'69).