May They Rest in Peace: Sr. Rina Cappellazzo, OP

Sr. Rina Cappellazzo, OP, 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, Michigan, to Ernest and Adele (Mazzaro) Cappellazzo. She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Detroit, and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Sr. Rina Cappellazzo, OP
Sr. Rina Cappellazzo, OP

Sister Rina spent over 25 years ministering in education in Chicago, Illinois; 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 ASU Catholic Newman Center in Tempe and a year as the associate director of liturgy at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, both in 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 spent the majority of her life in the West and returned to 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 livestream at

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 pm Monday, July 18, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 am Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister ministered in Michigan 5 years:

  • St. Patrick, Escanaba (1952-53): Elementary Teacher
  • Rosary High School, Detroit (1964-68): High School Teacher

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