August 20, 2014

May his soul...

A brick at our school entrance honoring our founders
We received the sad news this week that Michael Griffin, the founding principal of Trinity High School, has passed away.  Michael was a former Christian Brother and was named the first principal when Trinity opened in 1970 after three high schools - Bishop Bradley, Immaculata, and Saint Anthony's - merged.  The founding assistant principals were Sr. Angela Alosa, RSM and Sr. Frances Lessard, CSC. You may recall we presented her with the first Bishop Leo O'Neil award at our Advent/Christmas Mass in 2011.
Sr. Angela too left religious life and was married to Michael until her death in 1984.  Sr. Frances still lives in Manchester and works at Saint Anselm College.

Michael had been sick for a number of years with, I believe, cancer so his death was not unexpected.  But his death does mark the end of an era.  I met Michael twice - once in 2007 when I interviewed him and Sr. Frances and in 2011 when he spoke at an assembly we hosted to honor the Christian Brothers during our 40th anniversary celebrations.  He was a quiet and humble man but very generous with his time.

You can read his obituary and more about his life here.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

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