Author: Salesian Missions

Publication Date: December 13, 2013

Fr. Edward Cappelletti, SDB (1921-2013)


Fr. Edward Cappelletti, SDB


We mourn the passing – and celebrate the life –
of a true hero to the poor and needy.

As a young Salesian priest in the 1950’s, Fr. Edward Cappelletti had a vision. Assigned the task of raising funds through a small missions development office in New Rochelle, New York, he aspired to accomplish something much grander.

With tireless effort and unrelenting determination, he put his heart and soul into creating a process that would have a profound financial impact on thousands of Salesian programs around the world. From humble beginnings, Fr. Edward spent nearly 40 years building Salesians Missions into what it is today: a highly-efficient organization that raises over $25 million from nearly one million caring friends each year.

After 92 years of Christian life – 73 years as a professed Salesian and 63 years of priesthood – Father Edward returned to the Lord on December 12th, feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Rector Major, during a Mass in Rome, honored the remarkable contributions of Fr. Edward, later stating:

 “The whole Congregation is very grateful to Fr. Edward Cappelletti for all that he did through the mission office to help our missionaries to make their dreams come true, the dream of Don Bosco, the dream of God, who loves and cares with predilection for the poorest and most abandoned. May the Lord fill him with joy, peace, light, and new life of His Resurrection. On the behalf of the Congregation, I say a big thanks from the bottom of our heart to Fr. Edward for his generosity and total devotion to the missions.”

We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has joined us in praying for the repose of his soul, and for the comfort of his family and friends. Fr. Edward will long live in the hearts of all those he touched through his devotion, compassion and generosity.

Funeral arrangements:

Salesian High School Chapel
Monday, December 16, 2:00 – 5:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Rosary at 7:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial
Holy Name of Jesus Church,
70 Petersville Road, New Rochelle
Tuesday, December 17, 10:30 am