Sister Ana Feliz, formerly known as Sister Maria Josefina Feliz, died on Friday, August 23, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Ana was born in San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican Republic, to Camilo and Juana (Encarnacion) Feliz. She graduated from Normal Semi-Official High School in San Jose de Ocoa and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified as a spiritual director by the Detroit Center for Religious Development.
Sister Ana spent 20½ years ministering in education and 15 years in pastoral service in Santurce and Guayama, Puerto Rico; West Palm Beach, Florida; Nassau, The Bahamas; Callao, Peru; and Santo Domingo, Santiago, Jarabacoa, and San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. In addition Sister Ana spent over one year in leadership with the ADLAM Vicariate and almost 15 years ministering in spiritual direction/retreat work in the Dominican Republic; during that time she also served five years as the Congregation’s Dominican Republic Formation Director. Sister Ana became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010.
Sister Ana was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Altagracia Cordero and Miyeya Feliz; and her foster sister, M. Argentina Reyes. Sister Ana is survived by several relatives in the Dominican Republic: a brother, Francisco Feliz; two sisters, Fatima Feliz and Mirlita Feliz; nieces and nephews, including Fabiola Reyes de Veras, an Adrian Dominican Associate; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Ana will be on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center Lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service and the Funeral will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial 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.
Center: Mother Mary Gerald Barry, seated on left, with Sister Maria Teresa Ruiz and Postulant Ana Féliz (standing) in 1954.
Right: From left, Sisters Nery Sori and Ana Féliz in April of 2003 at the Central House Santo Domingo, DR
From left: Sister Ana with two of her siblings and her father in 1980. From left, Francisco, Ana, Camilo (father), and Altagracia. Sister Ana, right, with Doña Fabiola, her aunt who raised her, at their home in San José de Ocoa.
Sisters Rosario Martin and Ana Féliz. From left, Sisters Carol Cross, Ana Féliz, Rosa Reyes, Anne Liam Lees, Helen Faiver, and Margarita Ruiz.
From left: Sisters Anne Liam Lees and Ana Feliz in 1989. Sister Ana Féliz, right, during a pastoral visit in the Dominican Republic, circa 1980s.
From left: Sister Ana Féliz preaching on her Silver Jubilee in Jarabacoa, DR, 1979. Sister Ana Feliz, left, with her Mission Group members in the DR, Sisters Elisa Doherty, Rose Anne Schlitt, and Basilia de la Cruz.
The 2014 Diamond Jubilarians included: top row, Sisters Ana Féliz, Susan Mary Parker, Joyce Hibbert, Patricia McCarty; middle row, Sisters Diane Weifenbach, Barbara Gentry, Dorita Wotiska, Mary Trzasko, Dorothy Dempsey, Beth Ellen Butler, Phyllis Kreiner; front row, Sisters Jeanine Boivin, Anele Heiges, Yolanda Pomante, and Ruth Anne Kelly. Not pictured are Louise Borgacz and Alice Marie Schmid.
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Buenas noches! Soy Marisol Dicló, hoy gracias a Dios casada con hijo de 18 años. Mis padres ya fallecidos, eran de San Juan de la Maguana-Las Matas de Farfán y crecí oyendo hablar de las Hermanas Dominicas de Adrian y su servicio a Dios. En los años 90's, en mis inicios en los grupos de oración de jóvenes de la Renovación Carísmática Católica en Santo Domingo, tuve la dicha de conocer a la hna Ana Feliz, y hoy doy gracias a Dios por todo lo que recibí de El a través de Ana como guía espiritual. Ana una mujer de Dios, mujer de oración y de acción, su sonrisa reflejaba la alegría de los que se saben amados de Dios. Ana, como con.cariño simplemente la llamaba, fue instrumento de luz , de amor de Dios en mi caminar de fe. Con ella comencé a sentir el llamado a la oración que nos lleva a la acción. En su sonrisa, su sencillez, su disponibilidad a la escucha, sus consejos Dios me fue mostrando su camino que hoy sigo. Gracias a personas como Ana que fueron ángeles del cotidiano muchos jóvenes pudimos descubrir a un Jesús amigo, cercano invitandonos a seguirlo y hoy Ana es àngel custodio para su familia, su comunidad, etc para la gloria de Dios. Con la certeza de que nuestra querida hermana Ana Feliz goza de la presencia de Dios Padre en su Santa Morada junto a su hijo Jesucristo y el Espíritu Santo.
Conocí a Ana Feliz hace unos 25 años. Una gran mujer de fe, de entrega y de servicio a los más pequeños. Una gran evangelizadora, mujer de oración y con un don muy especial de discernimiento. Valiente, enérgica y con una gran pasión por el Reino de Dios. Hizo mucho bien en República Dominicana y a mí también. Siempre la recordaré. Nos vemos en la eternidad querida Ana.
Ana worried a lot even though she always seemed able to manage well in the end. When I heard that she was in her last hours, I kept wondering what she might be worried about. Certainly it should not have been about being with God in eternity. Ana lived deeply her Dominican vocation and her love of God and her neighbor. She had a profound affect on her native country. She was instrumental in bringing the charismatic renewal to her people who are still enjoying the devotion and committment that it inspires. For many years she was on the national team that directed the movement in its first days. The early formation helped people not only to praise God but to reach out in ministry to others. As a diocesan religious education coordinator, I became aware that the majority of the catechists were members of the charismatic renewal. They told me that they were taught that if they had to make a decision between an activity of the movement and their classes or catechetical formation, they should opt for their commitment to ministry. I had not had this experience in other places or with other movements. Ana also founded with Sister Nancy Jurecki, OP, a course for spiritual directors. The team she formed is still working after 17 years and has prepared almost 200 people for this ministry. Many people speak fundly of Ana as spiritual director, pastoral minister, formation director, and teacher but mostly about her deep faith and commitment to others. Your worries are over Ana. Let your wonderful fun-loving side enjoy what is your now! We miss you and we will not forget you!
Saludos,Soy Zicri Ismerai Cordero Feliz, sobrina de Ana Feliz, hija de Altagracia Feliz, fallecida el 21 de agosto 2018. Quisiera que de ser posible aclaren que donde escribieron Mircya Feliz, es Miyeya Feliz; quien falleció el 20 de diciembre 2017, antes que mi madre Altagracia Feliz el 21 de agosto 2018, solo le sobreviven un hermano Francisco Feliz, y dos hermanas Fátima y Mirla Feliz. Esto lo hago porque enviaré este enlace a los demás miembros de la familia.Mis disculpa si está mal esto. Gracias por todo
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