Wissel remembered for love of God, education

Frank Wissel, the longtime monsignor of St. Mary’s Parish, has died, leaving a community in mourning.

Msgr. Wissel, who had been at St. Mary’s since 1997, died on Thursday night, just days after he had officially retired from his position at the Greenwich Avenue church. He was remembered on Friday as someone with a lifelong passion for education. He was the founder and director of the St. Maximilian Kolbe House of Studies for Boys, which he established in Bridgeport in 1983 as a place to educate young men in a family setting, “who have a strong desire to learn and to be honest and good citizens.”

Msgr. Wissel was 76-years-old at the time of his death.

According to the church, there will be a wake on Monday, June 23, starting at 10 a.m. with a prayer service at St. Mary’s Parish at 178 Greenwich Avenue. The wake will conclude with a 7 p.m. Mass. There will then be a funeral Mass on Tuesday, June 24m at 11 a.m. with a burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Msgr. Frank Wissel, the longtime pastor at St. Mary's Parish is being remembered by his congregants as a dedicated and passionate pastor.

Msgr. Frank Wissel, the longtime pastor at St. Mary’s Parish is being remembered by his congregants as a dedicated and passionate pastor.

Prior to his death, St. Mary’s congregant Christina McAleer was effusive in her praise of Msgr. Wissel, saying his impact was felt beyond the church and throughout town.

“Msgr. Frank has been a terrific member of the Greenwich community,” Ms. McAleer told the Post. “His kind compassionate way has made a real difference in the lives of countless children, adults and the elderly. Msgr. Frank’s ‘good works’ were not only for those most ‘in need’ in our community, but the poorest of the poor, the uneducated, the sick and the abandoned worldwide. He is a shining example to all of our responsibility to take care of those in need.”

A close friend of Msgr. Wissel, Ms. McAleer added that he was someone who provided an example of the virtues he preached.

“Msgr. Frank had a heart of gold and lived the Gospel message every day of his priestly life,” Ms. McAleer said. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. One of my favorite quotes of his was , ‘God has given us the Bible. We are, indeed, our brother’s keeper. We have a choice, being blessed with many things, but unless we share them with the needy, all is for nothing.”

Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano has named Father Cyprian LaPastina, formerly pastor of Saint Gabriel Parish in Stamford and a former parochial vicar at Saint Mary’s, as the new pastor at St. Mary Parish.

There will be additional coverage in the June 26 edition of the Post.

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