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James Aloysius Griffin, American bishop. Member Ancient Order Hibernians.

Background

Griffin, James Aloysius was born on February 27, 1883 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Thomas J. and Catherine (Woulfe) Griffin.

Education

St. Ignatius College, Chicago. Doctor of Philosophy., and Doctor of Divinity, Propaganda U., Rome.

Career

Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1909. Assistant St. James Church, 1910-1915, St. Brendan’s Church, 1915-1917, both of Chicago. Pastor Assumption Church, Coal City, Illinois, 1917-1921.

Pastor downtown church of St. Mary’s, Joliet, Illinois, 1921-1924. Bishop of Springfield Diocese since February 28, 1924. Has conducted two successful fund raising campaigns, netting over million dollars each, one for Cathedral building group, other for post-war expansion program.

Dedicated Cathedral in Springfield, October 14, 1928. Patriotic note especially emphasized in style of architecture. Lectures on patriotic subjects.

Author of articles on Church and State. Inaugurated social welfare program in Diocese. Sponsored Catholic Youth Organization movement.

Active in representing church interests in legislature. Successfully conducted million dollar drive for Catholic postwar needs in Springfield diocese, 1944. First to inaugurate physical educational techniques in Catholic schools on a diocesanwide basis, 1945.

Speaker at labor convs., jubilee occasions, etc.

Works

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    • Author of articles on Church and State. Inaugurated social welfare program in Diocese. Sponsored Catholic Youth Organization movement.Active in representing church interests in legislature. Successfully conducted million dollar drive for Catholic postwar needs in Springfield diocese, 1944. First to inaugurate physical educational techniques in Catholic schools on a diocesanwide basis, 1945.Speaker at labor convs., jubilee occasions, etc.

Membership

Member Ancient Order Hibernians.

Connections

father:
Thomas J. Griffin

mother:
Catherine (Woulfe) Griffin