View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Father Mike Mahler goes home

I heard at Mass this morning that Father Mike Mahler died Monday. He was only 63.

Father Mahler had just been appointed to a second term as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ithaca. Previously, he had been a longtime chaplain at Cornell University.

I don't know the cause of death - I got the impression from the priest saying Mass this morning that Father Mahler had been ill.

I went to the Ithaca Journal and found a brief obituary.

According to the obituary, "Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in a complete obituary. Bangs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements."

Rest in peace, Father.

5 Comments:

Blogger Lee Strong said...

It is sad that he passed away at such a young age and so unexpectedly - there's a notice in the parish's June 28 bulletin thanking people for prayers and wishes for his recovery. It sounded optimistic. I feel terrible for his friends and family.

But this also means that the diocese has unexpectedly lost a pastor and a priest. They don't have enough to go around as it is.

1:52 PM  
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7:09 PM  
Blogger Interstate Catholic said...

Father had been battling cancer.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Thanks for the info, Interstate. So maybe his death wasn't as unexpected. God be with him.

5:20 AM  
Blogger In the choir loft said...

Eternal rest grant unto Father Mahler O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace!

5:27 PM  

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