The Reverend Robert J Cormier, affectionately known as Fr. Bob, passed away in a tragic accident at Mt. Hood, Oregon on May 13th, 2014. The entire Project Live Family- Residents, Staff and Board of Trustees- are saddened by this irreparable loss. Fr. Bob leaves a great void in our hearts.
Fr. Bob’s association with Project Live dates back to 1987 when he was the Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Newark, NJ when he volunteered to conduct a Christmas Eve Service for the residents – a practice that he continued for many years. In 1989, Fr. Bob joined the Board of Trustees of Project Live and in 1994 he assumed the office of Board President and he continued to serve in this position until his untimely death.
Fr. Bob will be remembered first and foremost as a Priest- a man of deep Faith and Compassion. He was well respected, admired and loved by all of us at Project Live. As Associate Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newark, he made the parish hall available for Residents’ holiday parties, cultural events and training. On many occasions, he was there to comfort us when one of the Project Live family passed away.
As Board Chair, Fr. Bob presided over the expansion and growth of the agency which today provides housing and support services to close to three hundred individuals with a mental illness.
Fr. Bob was a man of many talents and achievements as the bio that follows this message will prove. He did not shy away from any challenges and looked at the bright side of things even in the face of adversity. His positive and faith-filled attitude, his sense of optimism, his compassion, respect and love are an inspiration to all of us. We will try our best to continue his legacy of advancing the mission of Project Live of providing safe, affordable and decent housing with supports to individuals with a mental illness.
Priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., Robert J. Cormier is a preacher, teacher, theologian, and pilot.
For seventeen years, he led the Spanish-speaking community of Saint Rose of Lima in Newark, a city he has served for twenty-five years.
During this time he was for ten years minister to Portuguese-speaking communities, and he was one year in front of an Italian-speaking community.
In addition, Father Bob has over twenty-five years’ experience in both grade and high-schools, and over twenty years as both a prison chaplain and a rehab counselor. For the last eighteen years he has been president of Project live—a leading institution for the care of the mentally ill.
He spent fifteen summers as priest to the Mam, a Mayan tribe, in Western Guatemala.
Between 1989 and 1998, he was one of the three voices of The Radio Mass once heard live throughout the Eastern seaboard. Currently he is the spiritual director of the internet-based radio station Radio Inmaculada, on which he also has weekly program.
Father Bob has a pontifical license in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a license in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained by Pope John Paul II in 1982.
He served as a deacon in Thailand, has visited some seventy other countries on six continents, and has some facility in eight modern languages.
He is the creator of Christian Materialism, a strikingly new synthesis of philosophy and faith that comes complete with a spirituality, set of catechisms, books on marriage and ministry, works of fiction, music and art, and more. The combined tables of contents of his books and other writings, and the catalog of his religious products is over 200 pages.
Father Bob grew up in Cranford, New Jersey. Besides being a pilot, he is a mountain climber, sailor, cave explorer, scuba diver, and bus driver; and he also plays the conga.
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