I met Mike the day after I arrived at the Novitiate. He was part of about five or six entrants from Brooklyn. It was about March 7, 1952. He was smiling as he always seemed to be. I was trying to deal with my own homesickness. Over the years in Washington, I remember him always writing essays for his History classes. I thought at the time that History was a wonderful training for a writer. He was generous with his time; he taught a calligraphy class which I took and enjoyed and wished there were more time for. I am sorry for the trouble I might have caused him over the summers when he was in charge of the Summer School at Manhattan College. I was dealing with my own demons and always felt sad that I might have caused him some trouble because of my own actions.
Mike was a wonderful person who was very attached to his past. He never forgot the many friends he made as a Christian Brother and never missed a reunion. He will be missed. Bill Sullivan
I knew Mike (then John) as a High School classmate in St. Augustine's and then briefly as a fellow Christian Brothers in Barrytown, NY and Washington D.C. In recent times I saw him at CB reunions and very recently phone visited with him. A very fine human being, happy, open, delightful. The world is less good without him in it.
Please accept my prayers and condolence on the death of Mike. He was a longtime friend of over 60 years and was a dedicated teacher and administrtor in several of the Christian Brothers' schools. Mike and I were in the Novitiate class of 1952 and maintained our friendship even after his withdrawal from the Brothers and his marriage. He was very faithful in attending reunions of the class and was always one of those who lookd forward to class get-togethers. I am sure he is now in the peace of the Lord whom he served so devotedly on this earth. Live Jesus in our hearts forever!
Uncle John will be missed by all that had the honor of knowing him.He loved his family & friends so much.He made this world a better place & made a difference in many lives.My deepest sympathy & respect to The entire Griffin family,especially Mary & Laureen who took care of him day & night for so long.May you all heal with speed & grace.Uncle John is with God now where he is at peace.All my love & respect,Karin D.