The Rev. Gerald L. PotterThe Rev. Gerald L. Potter, 85, Priest of the Diocese of Fargo passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Prairie View, 4000 Valley Square in Grand Forks.
Gerald L. Potter was born July 15, 1927 in Minneapolis, MN the son of Joseph A. and Mary Eileen (Uriell) Potter. He attended St. Bridget’s Grade School, De LaSalle High School in Minneapolis and St. John’s Preparatory High School in Collegeville, MN. He graduated from St. John’s University in 1949 with degrees in English, Philosophy and History. During his college years, he was known for his theatrical role of Hamlet. He studied Theology at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN and graduated from St. Bonaventure Seminary, in New York. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Diocese of Fargo on June 5, 1954 in the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN. Fr. Potter was assigned as the Parochial Vicar of St. Mary’s Cathedral and instructor of Religion at Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. During this time, he became Parochial Vicar of St. Paul’s Newman Center, North Dakota State University and Editor of the “Catholic Action News”. Fr. Potter was assigned as the Parochial Vicar of St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, University of North Dakota from 1957-1960. During the summer months, Fr. Potter pursued advanced theological studies at the University of Notre Dame; eventually receiving a Master of Arts in Early Christian Literature. He also studied at the Angelicum University and the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, culminating in the writing of his Doctoral Dissertation, “The Idea of Preaching According to JohnHenry Cardinal Newman”.