ASTON, PA—Sister Joan Griffin, OSF (formerly Sister Jamesina), 86, died in Assisi House on January 13. She was a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 67 years. Sister Joan was born in Liskennett, Croom, County Limerick, Ireland, where she was a member of St. Lawrence Parish in Banogue. She entered the congregation in 1944 and professed her first vows in 1946. Sister Joan earned a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Education, both from Seattle University. She ministered primarily in education on both the elementary and secondary level. She received the Schoolmaster of the Year Award in Contra Costa County, California, for 1978-1979 and the St. Bernardine Award for service in the Diocese of San Bernardino in 2006.
Sr. Joan ministered in the Diocese of San Bernardino for 28 years. She taught at St. Thomas School, Riverside (1957-1960) and at St. Edward School, Corona (1981-1991). She was principal of Sacred Heart School in Palm Desert from 1991-2003 and returned there as a volunteer from 2005-2007. From 2004-2005 she volunteered at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
Services were held in Assisi House on January 18. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.