Mahl grew up in the small town of Monroeville, Ohio where he was a standout
athlete. He earned a scholarship to play division one football at Kent State
University and, in 2005, was signed by the Cleveland Browns. After leaving the
NFL, he spent three years working in the world, where he continued his
intensive focus on discerning his vocation. After this period of discernment,
he sold or gave away all his belongings so as to fully give himself to the Lord
and live out the message of Divine Mercy.
His journey eventually lead him to
the shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Fr. Michael
Gaitley. Eric now lives, works, and prays in service with Marian Missionaries
of Divine Mercy.