Welcome to the memorial page for

Fr. Arne Panula

July 19, 2017

Fr. Arne Panula, 71, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, passed away on July 19, 2017, after struggling for many months with cancer. He is survived by his three sisters, Lynne, Amy, and Pat.    Fr. Panula was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. He attended Harvard University where he was on the crew team. After graduating in 1967 with a B.A. in English Literature, he moved to Rome to study theology where he lived with St. Josemaria Escriva, Opus Dei’s founder. He was ordained a priest in 1973 and earned a doctorate in Theology from the University of Navarre, in Pamplona, Spain. After ordination, he served as chaplain of The Heights School in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1970’s, after which he exercised his ministry for many years in Northern California, working with high-school and university students. From 1998-2002 he was Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei for the United States, in New York. From 2007 on he was the Director of the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. where he carried out a rich and fruitful work of spiritual direction. He also expanded the mission of the Center by creating the Leonine Forum to educate men and women early in their careers in the core tenets of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. The wake will be held on Friday, July 21 from 4:00 PM until Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 AM at the Catholic Information Center (1501 K St., NW, Suite 175, Washington, DC 20005). The funeral will be celebrated by Cardinal Archbishop Donald Wuerl on Saturday at 9:30 A.M at the Cathedral of St. Mathew the Apostle (1725 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20036). In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Catholic Information Center ( Interment Gate of Heaven Monday, July 24 at 10:00 A.M. 

Arrangements by Cole Funeral Services,

Charitable donations may be made to:

ADEW, Associacion de Demas Ecuatorianas Washington DC
PO Box 155, Cabin John MD 20818

 Service Information

July 21, 2017

4:00 PM
Catholic Information Center
1501 K St., NW, Suite 175
Washington, DC 20005

Funeral Mass
July 22, 2017

9:30 AM
St. Mathew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue
Washington, DC 20036

July 24, 2017

10:00 AM
Gate of Heaven cemetery
13801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906

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