Founder & Director

Felix Wilfred

Dr Felix Wilfred is the Founder-Director of the Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies.


DR. FELIX WILFRED is Emeritus Professor of the State University of Madras. He was born in Puthenkadai, Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu, India in 1948. When he was 17 years old, he was sent to Rome by the Catholic Bishop of Kottar on 20 September 1965 for his studies at Urban University. He was ordained a priest in 1972. From his teens, he was educated in Italy and France. He did his Masters degree in Philosophy and Doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome University of Perugia, Italy, and University of Caen, France. He was awarded three gold medals for academic excellence. After eleven years of studies (without even once visiting India), he returned to the country and started teaching in 1976.

He has been a member of the Vatican International Theological Commission and visiting professor in several International Universities, including the University of Frankfurt, University of Nijmegen, Boston College, Ateneo de Manila University, and Fudan University, China.  His writings have appeared in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.  He has served also as a member the Statutory Ethical Committee of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai. He was a member of the faculty of theology for 15 years at St Paul’s Seminary, Tiruchirapalli (1977–1993). He was on deputation by the Government of India as ICCR Professor of Indian Studies, Trinity College-Dublin, Ireland. He was a  Executive Secretary of the Theological Commission advising the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) 1987-1997.

He was also the President of the Faculty of Arts, and Chairman of the School of Philosophy and Religious Thought, at the State University of Madras, India until retirement (1993-2008). He has guided over 30 Ph.D and 70 M.Phil Students at the University of Madras. Dr. Wilfred is currently President of the International Theological Review Concilium published in seven European language editions (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Croatian). He recently edited a landmark volume The Oxford Handbook on Christianity in Asiapublished by Oxford University Press, New York and UK. Presently, he is Founder-Director of the Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies (ACCS).

The Centre was Inaugurated and blessed by His Grace Archbishop A. M. Chinnappa on 6 October, 2004. Research scholars and doctoral students of Prof. Felix Wilfred were staying at the Centre to complete their PhD under his guidance. The Centre started functioning in full swing with its academic programmes from 20th November 2008

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