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.
RANCHO MIRAGE—James Shea, Jr., whose generosity benefited many Catholic parishes, schools and social outreach ministries in the Coachella Valley, was called to eternal rest on January 12 at the age of 87.
Shea resided in Rancho Mirage and was an active parishioner and benefactor of Sacred Heart Parish in Palm Desert. A Mass of Resurrection was held for Shea at Sacred Heart on January 17.