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HAMDEN – Sister Maria Cecilia Adorni, nee Maria Adorni, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died peacefully on Dec. 18, 2011, at Sacred Heart Manor at age 103.



She was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Feb. 25, 1908, a daughter of the late Bartolomeo and Teresina Torti Adorni. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 15, 1925, in New Haven, and professed her first vows on July 8, 1928, and her perpetual vows on Aug. 22, 1933, in New Haven.

She graduated from St. Dominic High School in Blauvelt, N.Y., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education.from Mount Mercy College in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In her 83 years of religious life, Sister Cecilia ministered to school children, senior citizens and others as well as the sisters in her community.

Sister Cecilia served in education at schools in New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri and ministered St. Donato Parish in New Haven and at a parish in Florida. She also served several assignments as the local superior of her community and school principal. She was a councillor on the Provincial Council from 1961-68.

Sister Cecilia retired in 1988 to Sacred Heart Manor, where she ministered to the clients at the Clelian Center as well as to her sisters in the community. She also devoted her ministry more fully to prayer.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother John and her sisters Margaret Richitelli and Lena Parente. She is survived by her nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and her religious family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 23 in the chapel at Sacred Heart Manor. Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

Contributions in Sister Cecilia’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St. Hamden, CT 06514-2801.