Motherhouse Services

A Welcoming Place for All

The Motherhouse is the heart of our Congregational life. It is a welcoming place of peace and serenity for all. It also serves as the hub from which we reach out to others in prayer and service.

In addition to being home to approximately 130 of our own Sisters, our Motherhouse is also home to Carmelite, Cenacle, and IHM Sisters, and many of our retired brother priests.

You are welcome to consider our Motherhouse as a place for group retreats, gatherings and meetings.


The Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse is handicapped accessible and smoke free.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Motherhouse Gift Shop

    Gift Shop Volunteer

    Time: Subs needed to fill in for regular volunteers
    Description: Open and close gift shop. Run register and handle sales.

  • Motherhouse Chapel

    Sacristan Delegate

    Time: As Needed. (Mass is held at the Motherhouse Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 12pm, and on the weekends. Volunteer would not be required to volunteer every day. Schedule would be based on volunteer's availability.)
    Description: Assist the Motherhouse Chapel Sacristan. This includes but is not limited to helping set up and take down before and after mass, lighting candles, assisting the priest when necessary vestments, stole, microphone, etc., distributing Eucharist, and so on.

  • Motherhouse Grounds & Maintenance

    Assistance with Motherhouse Grounds

    Time: As Needed or Seasonal.
    Description: There are a couple different ways to assist with the grounds:

    •Individual Volunteer Work: To fulfill community service hours, or to work consistently on a specific area i.e. weeding, mulching, etc.
    •Group Volunteer Work: To complete a community service project or day of service. Examples include but are not limited to weeding, mulching, raking, etc.
  • Therapy Volunteers

    Massage Therapy/ Hand Masseuse

    Time: Based on volunteers availability.
    Description: Provide hand massages to resident sisters and priests.
    Requirements: Proof of certification. (Examples of relevant certifications include Manicurist, Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Cosmetologist, etc.)

    Music Therapy

    Time: Based on volunteers availability.
    Description: Share vocal or instrumental musical talents with the resident sisters and priests. Could be on an individual basis or in front of groups.

  • Working with Motherhouse Residents

    Volunteer Driver

    Time: As Needed. Can be flexible with your schedule and availability.
    Description: Assist sisters and priests in getting to doctor appointments and sometimes for running errands. Please be aware that if you wish to volunteer as a driver with us, we will provide you with additional training and supplemental insurance via Lifespan.

    Activity Volunteer

    Time: Friday mornings, or an weekday evening (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
    Description:  On Friday mornings, you would assist our recreational therapist in baking something delicious with the residents in the Motherhouse memory care unit. In the evenings, we are looking for volunteers who would run their own activities. The activity could be very simple, for example, reading/talking with residents, doing puzzles, knitting, etc. We are trying to provide some activities in the evening after dinner when there is a lot of "down time."


    Time: Based on volunteers availability.
    Description: Certified manicurist to do the nails of sisters at the Motherhouse.
    Requirements: Proof of certification.

    Sister/Priest Room Organizer

    Time: As Needed.
    Description: Assist with the cleaning and organizing of a resident’s room.

    Sister/Priest Visitor

    Time: As needed. To be scheduled between the volunteer and the respective sister or priest.
    Description: “Visit” may look different depending on the residents’ ability and level of functioning. Examples of activities to do with residents include talking, having coffee in the Motherhouse great room, walking around the Motherhouse or outside (weather permitting), taking the resident or residents out to lunch or shopping, reading or listening to music, doing puzzles, painting, drawing, knitting, etc.

  • Contact Information

    Martha Mortensen-Kolkmann, LMSW

    Residential Enrichment Facilitator, SSJ

    150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618

    P: (585) 641-8415 F: (585)586-0027

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Rochester Motherhouse
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