The decision resulted in Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, and 25 years later its original administrators who negotiated the union, will be honored for their “leadership, vision and courage” in merging the two traditions.
Fr. Robert Erickson, CSV, and Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P. will be honored Feb. 22 at a 25th anniversary gala in Springfield.
“It’s a complete surprise,” said Fr. Erickson, “but it’s nice to be remembered and to recognize the Viatorian legacy at the school. Griffin’s traditions are very much a part of the school, and as a result, the Viatorian tradition is still there.”
Fr. Erickson had served as principal of Griffin for 10 years, leading up to its merger in 1988. Viatorians had staffed and administered the school, since 1930.
“This was an idea whose time had come,” Fr. Erickson said. “We were literally a block away from each other and already shared some classes. So there already was this movement, and in merging we combined the best elements from both schools.”