Fr. Felix Mazur, OFM Conv., son of Joseph and Caroline (Majkat) was born on July 21, 1915 in Buffalo, NY. He was baptized and received his elementary education in Corpus Christi Parish, Buffalo, and attended St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, NY. Interested in the Conventual Francisca Friars, Fr. Felix was directed to Fr. Justin Figas, OFM Conv. who, as Minister Provincial, resided at Corpus Christi parish. He entered St. Joseph Cupertino Novitiate in Ellicott City, MD in 1933, and professed his first vows a year later on August 29, 1934. he studied philosophy at St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, MA, and professed his solemn vows there in 1937. Because of his academic ability Fr. Felix was chosen to study theology in Lwow, Poland at the University of Lwow. At the outbreak of World War II in Poland on September 1, 1939 Fr. Felix and the other American students fled the country. Returning to St. Hyacinth, he completed his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood along with fifteen confreres at St. Stanislaus Church, Chicopee, MA on July 5, 1941 by the Most Rev. Thomas M. O'Leary, Bishop of Springfield.
Fr. Felix's first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Adalbert parish, Elmhurst, NY from 1941-1946. In 1946 he moved to Holy Trinity Parish, Lawrence, MA. Then from 1947-1957, Fr. Felix was a teacher at Bishop Ryan High School in Buffalo, NY. From 1957-1966, Fr. Felix served as Secretary/Announcer of the Fr. Justin Rosary Hour as well as a variety of responsibilities under the direction of first Fr. Justin and then Fr. Cornelian Dende, OFM Conv. until 1966. From 1957-1960 Fr. Felix also served as vocation director for the Province. Fr. Felix served as pastor and guardian at the following: Holy Trinity, Montreal Canada (1966-69); Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, MA 91969-76); and St. Hyacinth, Auburn, NY (1976-82). Fr. Felix became a major force in mobilizing parish and community resources to renovate the area surrounding Mater Dolorosa Church and School, including the razing of several blacks of vacant apartment buildings. The results included Pulaski Heights, a senior citizen residence across the street from the church, new housing, and a park. From 1982-1987 Fr. Felix served as parochial vicar of St. John Kanty Parish, Clifton, NJ and St. Anthony of Padua parish, Fairfield, CT. In failing health, Fr. Felix took up residence at the St. Francis High School Faculty House in Athol Springs, NY. In pain with cancer, and following several strokes, Fr. Felix entered Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna, NY where he was called by Sister Death on December 21, 1994. he was in his 80th year of life, the 61st of religious profession, and the 54th of priesthood. A Wake Service was held at the Chapel of St. Francis High School on December 23. The Funeral Liturgy took place at the Chapel the next day with Fr. Mark Curesky, Minister Provincial, joined by confreres and Fr. Felix's family. Fr. Felix's remains were then laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Buffalo, NY. Known by the nickname "Brains" for his photographic memory, Fr. Felix will also be remembered for his deep and resonant voice that so easily carried whatever message he was called to proclaim, in the classroom, over the airwaves or from the pulpit. He will long be remembered for his contributions in these diverse apostolate.
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