In Memoriam


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.

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.


Vigil for Sister Ana (Maria Josefina):

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Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Ana (Maria Josefina):

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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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