June 11 2018: DEPORTER, Rev. Arnold W.



On Sunday, June 10, 2018, of Silver Spring, MD.  Beloved priest of the Archdiocese of Washington; son of the late Walter and Amy DePorter; brother of Richard DePorter, Michael DePorter (Frances), Mary LaMontagne (Richard), Helen DePorter Buonora (Bob), and the late Eileen Rohlfing and Brother Phillip DePorter, F.S.C.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A native of Moline, Ill., his family moved to Washington, DC where he attended St. Anne’s elementary school and eventually graduated from St. Francis de Sales school in NE, Washington, DC. Upon graduation from grade school, he attended St. Charles College in Catonsville, MD and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD. he was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington in 1963. Over the years, he served as pastor of St. Philip the Apostle in Camp Springs, St. Bernardine of Siena in Suitland, Holy Ghost in Issue, St. Peter in Waldorf, and a mission assignment at St. Joseph Parish in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Father DePorter also served as a chaplain for the U.S. Army in Panama, at George Washington University Hospital, and Columbia Hospital for Women and Doctor’s Hospital. He also served as a contract chaplain at Bolling Air Force Base. He served as a parochial vicar at St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg, St. Catherine Laboure in Wheaton, St. Mary of Piscataway in Clinton, St. Mark the Evanglist in Hyattsville, St. Gabriel in Washington, St. Stephen Martyr in Washington, and St. John Baptist de la Salle in Chillum. He has assisted at St. Anthony in North Beach, St. Patrick’s in Rockville, MD and at Our Lady of Grace in Leisure World. Upon retiring in 2008 to Leisure World in Silver Spring, MD, he continued to assist at Our Lady of Grace Church. He celebrated his 50th anniversary in the priesthood in 2013. He was fluent in Spanish and was an avid traveler visiting countries in Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, Cuba, Central America, Egypt, and the Holy Land, keeping in touch with many people he met along the way.  He often commented in his later years that all the ever wanted to be was a parish priest and never had any regrets about the path he chose.

Relatives and friends may call at St. Patrick’s Church, Norbeck & Muncaster Mill Roads, Rockville, MD, Thursday, June 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. with Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s on Friday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m.  Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Life Connection Mission, St. Patrick’s Church, Attn: Christie Anne Short, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD 20853.

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