Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the death of Monsignor Frank Mahler

March 13, 2019

With the clergy, consecrated religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Monsignor Frank Mahler early this morning at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence in Richmond. Monsignor served faithfully, first in the Diocese of Richmond and then in the Diocese of Arlington after its establishment in 1974. In my brief time knowing him I came to appreciate his fidelity, generosity, and good humor. He provided all of us with a great example of priestly life and ministry. May the Lord now grant him the reward of his labors.

I also take this opportunity to thank the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and the Little Sisters of the Poor for their care of Monsignor over the past several years. Their solicitude for both his physical and spiritual wellbeing are a wonderful witness to the Gospel.