Br. Thomas Gorman C.S.C.

Brother Thomas Joseph Gorman, CSC
October 20, 1930 - March 2, 2021

Thomas Joseph Gorman was born on October 20, 1930, in West Lynn, Massachusetts. He was the eighth of the nine children of Daniel Patrick Gorman, a machinist, and Alma Olsen Gorman, a homemaker. His parents were both from New Brunswick in Canada. Thomas grew up in St. Patrick’s parish where he was baptized, confirmed and also went to grammar school.
 
After St. Patrick’s School, he went to Breed Junior High School in Lynn for one year before entering St. Mary’s Boys’ High School from which he graduated in 1948. His classmate and good friend was the future Brother Francis Johnson who encouraged Tom to enter Holy Cross. Tom resisted, and upon graduating from high school he entered the Jesuits’ novitiate in Massachusetts for a short time. After a few months he realized that it was not what he was seeking. After serving as a hospital orderly for a year, in 1950 he joined the US Navy where he found himself in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1954 and again felt the call to religious life.

He went to the Brothers of Life for a period of discernment and eventually found his way to the Brothers of Holy Cross after working for a couple of years as an account clerk at a local bank in Lynn, Massachusetts. His good friend Brother Francis Johnson never let up on his recruitment efforts, and eventually Tom entered Holy Cross, forever to be referred to as “my candidate” by Frank Johnson!
 
Tom entered the Juniorate program at Valatie, New York, in June of 1958. On August 22, 1958 he was received into the Congregation at St. Joseph Novitiate in Valatie and made his first profession of vows on August 23, 1959 and his perpetual profession of vows as Brother Thomas Gorman on August 23, 1962.
 
After a year of study at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, Brother Thomas began his ministry primarily in the business offices of various institutions sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross. He served at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island (1960-1962); at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York (1962-1963); at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Connecticut (1963-1970); at Bethlehem Catholic High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1970-1971); and at Pius XII School in Chester, New York (1971-1973). He then spent the remainder of his ministerial career in Connecticut: from 1973-1987 at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, where he also served as local community director for a time, and from 1987 to 2014 at Notre Dame High School in West Haven in the Business Office and later as a Library Assistant while holding the office of local community director for more than ten years.
 
In the early years of his religious life, Tom and his pipe were familiar sights in the business office of the various institutions of the Province. He was unfailingly welcoming and kind. He loved to tease and played more than his share of practical jokes on people. He is remembered as a kind, gentle and humble Brother. He probably has the record for longest serving community director in the Congregation. He was attentive to the needs of his community and until his eyesight failed him would dutifully go grocery shopping every week.  The Brothers were not neglected at that point as he had a long list of volunteer drivers to take care of his needs and those of the Brothers at the Ricardo Street community. 

Brother Thomas Gorman finally retired from his active ministry in 2014 when he moved again to Valatie, New York, where his life in Holy Cross had begun. He started suffering general weakness and had difficulty getting around. He passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021 at St. Joseph Center. That same warm welcome extended to so many people over the years was surely extended to him as he entered the presence of the God he sought to serve in his youth and whom he served for those more than 60 years as a Brother of Holy Cross. May he rest peacefully in the loving embrace of God. We count on his prayers for us. His funeral and burial will be private in keeping with the current covid prevention measures in place. Ave Crux, Spes Unica!