Born in 1954 in Poolangudi, Ramnad District, Tamil Nadu, to Mr. S. A. Susai and MrsKitheriammalSusai, both teachers, Fr. Raj had early exposure to education as virtue and vocation. He had his schooling at St. Michael's School, Sengudi and completed high school at St. Mary's Tuticorin (Thuthugudi), South India.
Since childhood, he displayed phenomenal leadership qualities. He was School Pupils Leader (SPL) at St. Mary’s School, Tuticorin. After his Pre University Studies in St. Joseph's College Trichy, he joined the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit Order in 1973. He went through his early Jesuit formation of Novitiate and Juniorate at Xavier Teacher Training Institute, Patna for three years.
Fr. Raj graduated with Economics from Loyola College, Chennai in 1980. During his studies at Chennai, he involved himself in the activities of All India Catholic University Federation, a University Student Movement. He represented the AICUF in the Conference of Asian Catholic Students Federation held in Penang in 1979. He has been in this University Student Movement for more than 35 years. In 1989 he took over as the West Bengal State Adviser to the AICUF.
Fr. Raj completed his Masters in Economics at St. Joseph's College, Trichy in 1982. He secured the first rank and was awarded a gold medal. He completed his Philosophy studies from Jnana-DeepaVidyapeeth (JDV), Pune in 1984 and joined the Department of Economics, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata as lecturer. After two years, Fr. Raj studied a three-year Theology course from VidyaJothi College, Delhi in 1989 and was ordained as a priest in Trichy on 23 April 1989. He rejoined the economics faculty of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata in 1989.
He belongs to the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus and resides at the Jesuit Residence, St. Xavier’s University, New Town, Kolkata.
Fr. Raj is fluent in Tamil, Bengali, Hindi and English.
Born in Poolangudi, Ramnad District, Tamil Nadu. Had his Primary & Middle schooling at St. Mary's School, Sengudi and completed high school at St. Mary's school, Thuthugudi, South India.
Pre-University Couse: St. Joseph's College, Trichy.
Bachelor of Arts: Loyola College, Chennai
Master of Arts: Joseph's College, Trichy.
Ph.D from RabindraBharati University, Kolkata.
Received Fr. Adisayam Memorial Gold Medal for having stood First Class First in Masters' Degree at St. Joseph's College, Trichy.
He joined the Department of Economics, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata as lecturer.
Bachelor of Philosophy: Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV), Pune.
Bachelor of Theology: Vidyajothi College, Delhi.
After completion of his three-year Theology course in 1989, he was ordained priest at St. Joseph’s College, Trichy.
He rejoined St. Xavier's College, Kolkata as lecturer
He rejoined the Department of Economics at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.
He took over as the West Bengal State Adviser to the AICUF. Under his leadership, the AICUF grew stronger and hundreds of students benefited from leadership camps and rural exposures.
He shares his date of birth with Mother Teresa, which is on the 26th of August.
He was appointed Rector of St. Xavier's by Rev. Fr. General of the Jesuit Order. He served in that position for six years.
He took over as Vice-Principal of the nationally renowned Commerce Department of the College and held the mantle for twelve years, furthering the reach and respect of the reach and respect of the department.
In the Sesquicentenary year of the College, he was appointed Principal of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.
He took over as the Vice-Chancellor of the St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, India.
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Fr. Felix Raj’s Parents: Mr. S.A. Susai and Mrs Kitheriammal
Fr. Felix Raj with his mother, Sisters and fellow Jesuits
Father's Maternal Uncle: Fr. Anthony
Father with his mother(now 90)
Father Felix Raj with his Family
The House where Father was born and grew up as a child in Sengudi, 120 km from Madurai.
The Sengudi Church, Father used to go for Mass and prayer as a school boy.
Father Felix Raj with his Mother, brother and Sisters
Father Felix Raj and his brother with Gurap children