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Rev. John E. Gorman Obituary
The Reverend John E. Gorman, S.D.S.

Berlin—The Reverend John E. Gorman, S.D.S. (Society of the Divine Savior) age 76 of Berlin, died Wednesday November 7, 2012 at home. He was born on August 11, 1936 in the Bronx, New York to Monica Mary and Detective John E. Gorman.

He attended Saint Angela Merici Elementary School and Mother of the Savior High School in Blackwood, New Jersey. Fr. Gorman began his under-graduate studies in clinical psychotherapy at Fordham University, with an additional year at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. On September 8th, he made first vows with the Society of the Divine Savior. Three years later on December 6, 1969, Father Gorman was ordained as priest by Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York City. The Archbishop had close familial ties to the Gormans and Gannons. The ordination took place in Our Lady Chapel of St. Patrick's in NYC as a treasured kindness of the Cardinal. Following ordination, Father Gorman was appointed Director of Catholic Charities in Camden, New Jersey. Five years later, he was named as Director of Adoptive Services in the same Diocese. Four years later, Father accepted an assignment as chaplain for St. Joseph Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. There he served for nine years. During the next ten years, Father set up a private practice in the Washington, DC/Montgomery County area. Along with Dr. Michael Peterson, M.D., Father helped with the establishment of St. Luke's Institute, first in Holliston, then Suitland. It continues to serve the needs of the chemically addicted and other psychiatric illnesses in Takoma Park, Maryland. After eight years of staff work, Father Gorman accepted the position of Director of Pastoral Services at St. Mary's Church in New Carrollton, Maryland. After thirteen years in this capacity, Father was elected Personnel Director and First Consulter within his Society. Upon the conclusion of six years in this assignment, he took up pastoral work at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Silver Spring, Maryland. Following his retirement, Father moved to Ocean City and then to Berlin.

He is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Kiernan of Tuckerton, NJ and Berenice Gannon of The Villages, FL and two nephews and eight nieces.

One of his last, and telling, pastoral deeds was to officiate at the Baptism of his great-grand niece, Katherine Mae Kiernan, in October of this year. In so many ways he has striven to make the Savior known and loved. May he know the joys of eternal life in the presence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

A viewing will take place at St. Luke's Church in Ocean City, beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, followed by a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 12 noon. Interment will take place in the Cemetery of the Divine Savior at St. Nazianz's, Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, Father John requests donations to be made to St. Luke's Catholic Church, 14401 Sinepuxent Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842 to help reduce the church mortgage.

Condolences may be sent by visiting


Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 9, 2012
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