Felix Ley

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Felix Ley
Order of Friars Minor Capuchin
Bishop of Naha
In office 1968-1972
Ordination June 14, 1936
Consecration June 9, 1968
Personal details
Birth name Alvin Ley
Born (1909-03-05)March 5, 1909
Hewitt, Wood County, Wisconsin United States
Died January 23, 1972(1972-01-23) (aged 62)
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic

Felix Ley (March 5, 1909 - January 23, 1972), Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop and the apostolic administrator of Okinawa and the Southern Islands/Ryukyus, now the Diocese of Naha, in Naha, Japan.[1][2]


Alvin Ley was born in Hewitt, Wood County, Wisconsin United States and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on June 14, 1936.

Father Ley was sent to Guam, where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II.[3] He was held prisoner of war at Kobe, Japan. After World War II, he was sent to Okinawa.

On March 11, 1968, Pope Paul VI appointed Felix Ley the apostolic administrator of the Okinawa and the Southern Islands/Ryukyus, and he was consecrated bishop on June 9, 1968.[4]

Bishop Ley died in Naha.[5]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Naha
Succeeded by
Peter Baptist Tadamaro Ishigami