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Fr Thomas Patrick Griffin

Fr Thomas Patrick Griffin

Birth
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 3 Apr 1931 (aged 60)
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Cathedral Grounds.
Memorial ID 63610597 · View Source
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Monsignor Thomas P. Griffin served as Pastor of the Sacred Heart Church for 32 years and as Rector of the Cathedral for 7. When he arrived in Raleigh in 1899, he found a small Catholic congregation which assembled for Mass in a tiny frame chapel appended to a crumbling antebellum mansion on Hillsboro St. Undaunted, the young priest energized the congregation, and by 1909, he had established Sacred Heart School - nowadays Cathedral School. In the ensuing years, a rectory, convent and the beautiful stone Sacred Heart Church were built. Also during his pastorate, Sacred Heart Church was elevated to the status of Cathedral when the Diocese of Raleigh was created in 1924.

After dedicating more than half his life in service to Raleigh's Catholic community, Father Griffin died in 1931, at the age of 61. Bishop William Hafey officiated at his funeral, and a large crowd turned out to witness his burial in the churchyard of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Today, Father Griffin's legacy to Raleigh — Cathedral School and the beautiful Sacred Heart Cathedral itself, is literally memorialized in stone.

The Cathedral grounds are open to the public during daylight hours, and guests are invited to pay a respectful visit to the grave of this humble priest.


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 2 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63610597
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fr Thomas Patrick Griffin (10 Jul 1870–3 Apr 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63610597, citing Sacred Heart Cathedral Grounds, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .