Sister Felicia (Carolina) Mazzola, age 88, died at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, Maryland on March 22, 2023. She was born on April 20, 1934 in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey to Felicia (Tomassino) and Anthony Mazzola. She graduated in 1951 from Seton High School in Baltimore, Maryland. On June 24, 1952, Sister Felicia entered the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg from her home parish, St. Rose of Lima in Baltimore. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg in 1961. In 1977 she earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
Following initial formation, Sister Felicia was missioned to teach at Sacred Heart School in Norfolk, Virginia (1953-1955). She then began nursing studies at St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg and Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. (1955-1956). Her nursing studies were interrupted when she was asked to teach for a year (which turned out to be ten years) at St. Christine School in Youngstown, Ohio (1956-1966). After that mission, she assumed the role of Principal at several schools: Our Lady of Lourdes School in Utica, New York (1966-1968); Our Lady of Peace School in Canton, Ohio (1968-1975); St. Christine School in Youngstown (1975-1978); St. Louise de Marillac High School in Northfield, Illinois (1978-1985); and St. Patrick School in LaSalle, Illinois (1985-1991). Following these missions, Sister Felicia served as Provincial Treasurer at Mater Dei Provincialate in Evansville, Indiana (1992-2004) and as Provincial Councillor (1997-2005). While Provincial Treasurer, she was asked by the General Council to establish and direct International Project Services (2004-2014). Through this ministry, Sister Felicia found great joy and satisfaction knowing she was the liaison to assist our Sisters and their ministries in the poorest parts of the world. During most of these years, Sister Felicia resided in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In 2014 she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she served as a volunteer in various ministries (2014-2019). In 2019 she was missioned to the Ministry of Prayer at Villa St. Michael, a ministry she held until her death.
Sister Felicia was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Norman Mazzola. Sister is survived by cousins, friends, and her Sisters in Community.
A wake service will be held on Sunday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in the Villa Chapel in Emmitsburg. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Monday, March 27 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery on the grounds.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sister Felicia’s name to Daughters of Charity International Project Services, 18000 West Nine Mile Road, Suite 550, Southfield, Michigan 48075. https://www.daughtersips.org/