Sister Catherine Mezzacapo, C.S.J., a Sister of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I. for 80 years, died in Sacred Heart Convent, Hempstead, L.I., on Feb. 19.
She attended Holy Child Jesus School, Richmond Hill, and entered the congregation from Holy Child Jesus parish in 1937. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French from St. John’s University, and then a master of social work degree from Adelphi University and certification in elementary administration.
She was the recipient of the Outstanding Administrative Medal from St. John’s University, served as a board member of the Coalition on Child Abuse and served on the Advisory Committee of Child Care Council of Nassau.
Formerly known as Sister St. Catherine, she taught at St. Anthony of Padua, Greenpoint, 1939-41; Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, 1941-43; Academy of St. Joseph, Brentwood, 1943-45, and 1956-66; Marie Anna Villa, Brookville, L.I., 1945-47; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Astoria, 1947-48; St. Malachy, East New York, 1948-52; St. Teresa of Avila, Prospect Heights, 1952-53; Sacred Heart Seminary, Hempstead, 1953-54; and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Williamsburg, 1954-56.
From 1966 to 1972, she was superior/principal of St. Patrick, Smithtown, L.I., and then ministered as a day care coordinator with Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre, 1972-85. During those years, she also trained lectors at Sacred Heart parish, North Merrick.
She later served as assistant director of bi-county services at St. John’s University, Jamaica, 1985-98.
Through the years, she volunteered in East Northport, North Merrick, Brooklyn, Long Island City, and Jamaica, until she retired to Sacred Heart Convent in 2011.
Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.