On June 13, 2003, Sister Janet Capone, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, and her counterpart from the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington, Sister Michele Kopp, co-led a ritual in Edmonds that officially united the two congregations.
It was a defining moment for Sister Janet during her term in leadership, which lasted from 1998 to 2004. “Sister Janet’s great gifts of sensitivity, loving care, creativity, and good humor were brought to bear in the coming together of our Dominican communities,” said Sister Patricia Siemen, Prioress of the Congregation, when Sister Janet died in 2018, in a statement for the press release that was issued upon Sister Janet’s passing. “Her love of beauty and gentleness complemented an inner strength and determination to make difficult decisions throughout her life.”
Sister Janet was born on June 5, 1938, in the New York borough of Brooklyn. The Capone family – parents Leonard and Veronica (Hall), older brother Don, Janet, and Carole, who was born four years after Janet – lived on the second floor of a two-family house in Astoria, Queens, New York, with Veronica’s parents on the first floor. Leonard, an attorney, was chief clerk of the Queens County Court, while Veronica was a legal secretary for a law firm in Manhattan.
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I met Sister in her final days. What a joy and blessing she was to have shared those short weeks. Indeed, I am much richer. I will always be humbled and grateful.
When Janet was Prioress of the Congregation, I provided her wth canonical assistance in order to address some difficult matters that were transpiring for Adrian Dominicans. Those moments were times when we both witnessed our Lord transforming troublesome situations into inconceivable beauty. They were also times when her faithfulness to General Chapter enactments was very evident. In these last few days since her death I have more deeply realized how those moments were a deep blessing for her and I as well as for Adrians. I will miss her.
Gratitude for Sr. Leonard’s Gentle Persuasion😇The Rosarian Academy Sisters of the Class Of 1969 are grateful for Sister’s leadership in our lives...Fond Memories Of : Pot Luck Suppers in the Social Hall; Language Lab; The Little Prince”; Dress inspection...She was an example of One Day at a Time!Gratitude Sister...Rest aIn Peace.😇Class of 1969😘
One Day at a Time...Live in the Present, that’s all we have. The Present is a Gift.So many Life alessons! Thank You Sr. Leonard😘 Rosarian Academy “Sisters of the class of 1969”... we are all grateful for you and have lots of stories we share!
We are indebted to Sister Janet for her sacrifice and dedication to Rosrian Academy. She served as a guiding light to our Board of Directors, the school, it’s teachers and all his children. She has left an indelible mark on the lives of many, which will be her lasting legacy. That and her endearing, friendly smile which I will always remember.
Janet and I were peers in a program in St Paul Mn 1979-80 . Our time was marked by great growth and holiness in our respective lives. I will always treasure that time as God space. May Janet rest in God's Peace.
Deepest sympathies on Sister Janet's passing. I have fond memories of her at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. She got my flower shop to decorate the lobby one year for Christmas. May her soul Rest in Peace.
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