Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Br. Terence Griffin, OSB, dies on May 5

May 06, 2013

pic_news_obit_terence_griffin.jpgBr. Terence Griffin, OSB, monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on May 5, 2013, in the monastery infirmary. He was 84. He was a jubilarian of profession and a participant in the Rush Religious Study on Aging and Alzheimer's.

Surviving are two sisters.

Br. Terence was born in Bellevue, PA, on February 15, 1929, to Dennis and Julia (Rodgers) Griffin. He was given the name Daniel Rodgers at his baptism. He attended North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA, and then attended Robert Morris Business School, affiliated with Duquesne University.

Before joining the monastery, he worked at the Pittsburgh Forging Company in Coraopolis, PA, for four years, and at the Pittsburgh Coke and Chemical Company in Neville Island, PA, for the next five years.

Br. Terence was invested as a novice in 1959, professed his simple vows on May 7, 1960, and his solemn vows in 1963.

His assignments included 17 years as an assistant in Saint Meinrad's Business Office and seven years working with the comptroller of Abbey Press. He also worked for many years as an assistant in the Saint Meinrad Health Services and infirmary. Since 2001, he had also been assisting at Abbey Caskets.

For many years, Br. Terence also helped with the arrangements for the rosary pilgrimages at the nearby Monte Cassino Shrine during the Sundays of May and October.

He had also served on the Abbot's Council and as assistant secretary of Saint Meinrad Archabbey Corporation.

The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation on Wednesday will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in the Archabbey Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Archabbey Cemetery. All times are Central Time.