In Memoriam

Sister Rina Cappellazzo, OP (Jeanne Dominic)


Sister Rina Cappellazzo, formerly known as Sister Jeanne Dominic, died on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Rina was born in Detroit High School in Detroit, to Ernest and Adele (Mazzaro) Cappellazzo. She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 

Sister Rina spent more than 25 years ministering in education in Chicago; Escanaba and Detroit, Michigan; Tucumcari, New Mexico; Casa Grande and Phoenix, Arizona; and Santa Cruz, California. 

She served seven years as a campus minister at the Arizona State University Catholic Newman Center in Tempe and a year as the Associate Director of Liturgy at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. She ministered four years as Director of Staff Development for the Diocese of Phoenix and four years as Director of Pastoral Formation at the American College, in Leuven, Belgium. She also ministered four years as Vicar for Women Religious for the Diocese of Orange, California, and five years as Vicar for Religious for the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona. 

Sister Rina spent the majority of her life in the West and returned to Michigan to reside in the Dominican Life Center in 2019. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gino. She is survived by loving nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s services via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)


Vigil for Sister Rina

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Rina

Worship Aid (PDF)

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Center: First Holy Communion; Right: Members of the Cappellazzo family are: back row, from left, Gino and Ernest (father) and front row, from left, Rina and Adele (mother).

Right: Sister Rina Cappellazzo with her parents, Adele and Ernest

Right: Sisters Maria Romero, left, and Rina Cappellazzo

Left: From left, Sisters Marie Noreen Nolan, Mary Jo O’Hanlon, Rina Cappellazzo, and Lois Paha, Dominican Oaks, Santa Cruz, California, July 2016. Right: Sister Rina in Leuven, Belgium, where she ministered as Director of Pastoral Formation for the American College


Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee August Reception Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Mary Mackert, Paul James Villemure, Kathleen Sutherland, Mary Anthony Marelli, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Anne Elizabeth Monahan, Barbara Hubbard, Theodora McKennan, and Michael Claire Wilson; and front row, from left, Sisters Rina Cappellazzo, Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Joan Petz, Anthonita Porta, Charlotte Francis Moser, Virginia Cushing, Michael Thomas Watson, Mary Louise Gass, Barbara Ann Mason, and Mary Jo Sieg. Not pictured are Sisters Joan Kathleen Lorencz, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Florence Marie Viaches.


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Avatar  Fr. Kevin Codd 3 days agoReply

I am very saddened to hear just today of the passing of Sister Rina. I had the privilege of serving with Rina for one year at The American College in Louvain, Belgium. Her sensitive and energetic ministry as Director of Pastoral Formation touched the lives of many young seminarians as she taught them, encouraged them, and shared a lifetime of pastoral wisdom with them. For those of us on the seminary term with her, she was an inspiration as she lived the Gospel among us and shared her wide-open friendship with us. I am so very grateful to God for placing her in my life and for giving me this wonderful and beloved friend. May she enjoy now the fullness of life and love in the Kingdom of God she dedicated her life to making known to us all!
Father Kevin Codd, Spokane, Washington

Avatar  SEENA REID 2 weeks agoReply


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