William Richard Griffin

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William Richard Griffin (September 1, 1882 in Chicago, Illinois – March 18, 1944 in La Crosse, Wisconsin) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.


Griffin was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on May 25, 1907, for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

On March 9, 1935, he was appointed auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of La Crosse and titular bishop of Lydda, he was consecrated as bishop on May 1, 1935.

On January 24, 1943, the future Bishop John Joseph Paul was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by Bishop Griffin at St. Rose of Viterbo Convent in La Crosse, the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.[1]

Bishop Griffin was buried in Chicago, Illinois in Calvary Cemetery.[2]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of La Crosse
Succeeded by