Sister Cynthia Griffin
Sr Cynthia Griffin’s association with the Sisters of Mercy had its origins in her early education in Queensland. Her first school, Sisters of Mercy, St Joseph’s, Kangaroo Point was the beginning of an almost life-long connection. Moving to South Australia further cemented that relationship, with Cynthia being educated at Star of the Sea School, Henley Beach and completing her Leaving Certificate at Our Lady of Mercy Juniorate, Erindale. In 1955 Cynthia began Primary teacher training at Catholic Teachers’ College, Angas Street and Cabra College. Prior to that, in November 1953, Cynthia become a Postulant with the Sisters of Mercy and taught Grade 2 at St Aloysius College, mentored by Ms Joan McCabe.
Up until 2010, when Cynthia went into semi-retirement, she had a very varied, peripatetic existence accompanied by a prodigious number of achievements in education, administration and pastoral initiatives.
Tertiary studies armed her with a BA DipEd from Adelaide University, followed by a Bachelor of Letters in Australian Literature, University of New England, NSW and a Graduate Certificate and Masters in Theological Studies, ACD/Flinders University, Adelaide, SA. Her travels and studies also took her to St Georges’ College, Jerusalem, Greece, Jordan, Turkey, Spain, Ireland, the USA, St Petersburg, Novgorod and Moscow completing missionary journeys and further studies.