Sister Sheila Griffin, OP celebrates jubilee

SINSINAWA, Wis. – Sister Sheila Griffin, OP, will celebrate her 70th jubilee in 2023. A Mass will be held Sunday, Sept. 10, for her and 11 other Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters celebrating 70 years. Her religious name was Sister Johanna.

Sister Sheila’s home parish is St. Patrick, Shieldsville, in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Jack and Kathryn (McGuiness) Griffin and graduated from Bethlehem Academy, Faribault. Sister Sheila’s ministry has been dedicated to education and social outreach, mainly in the South.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Sheila taught at St. Giles, 1953-1960, and Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka, 1968-1972. She served as provincial councilor for the Southeast Province of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa while living in Chicago, 1984-1988.

In the Diocese of Rockford, Sister Sheila was co-principal and taught at Nativity BVM, Menomonee, 1979-1980.

In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Sheila volunteered with the Glenmary Missions, Houston, 2006-2008.
In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Sheila helped open and taught at St. Dennis, Madison, 1960-1963, and St. Cecilia, Wisconsin Dells, 1963-1968, where she was also principal.

In the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Sister Sheila was principal and teacher at Father Benedict Justice School, Kansas City, 1980-1984.

Currently, Sister Sheila is living in community with her Dominican Sisters.

If you would like to honor Sister Sheila on her jubilee, go to the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ website at