Excerpt from a homily by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. – “Last, and most important for us: Fr. Cormier was a man of prayer. This is important because it lies behind the House in which we live and worship today. When he was elected Master in 1904, Cormier was ultimately in charge of implementing the recommendations of a recent visitation of the Province of St. Joseph. Among these was the idea that a house of formation might be built in Washington, D.C. that would contribute to the deepening of the common observances of the Order in our Province. There is a letter from Cormier written in 1905 at the time of the opening of the House that is still with us today. In it he underscores (in cursive French), that he desires that the House be a place of piety, study, common observance, and “adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist”. Even at his busiest, Cormier was known to spend hours each day in front of the Eucharist, praying and meditating. He wanted for us that we might accede to the presence of Christ as the life giving and life altering presence among us, here in this very building and in this very chapel.
There are not many people that can say that they live in a house of religion whose construction was mandated by a saint. We are privileged to be able to do so. But we must also try to be apt to receive that privilege and gift: to be persons who believe in dependence upon divine providence. To be persons who are committed to the common good, and live for the higher ideals of the Order, advocating and advancing these ideas with prudence and charity, and to be men of prayer, committed to the presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Blessed Hyacinth Marie Cormier: pray for us, that God may bring to perfection this good work that he has begun among us. Amen.”
Excerpt from a Homily for the Feast of Bl. Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P. (1832-1916), given on May 21 at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C., by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P. Père Cormier was beatified in 1994.