Religious Life

Religious life has continually developed throughout history. Every religious order has its own charism, or special gift, which defines its mission and spirituality. A great number of religious orders exist throughout the world today, in a variety of forms: hermits, monks, cloistered nuns, mendicants, active apostolic religious, missionaries, and others.


See the contacts below for more information on some of the religious orders serving in the Diocese of Rochester:





Sisters of St. Joseph
Vocation Director: Sister Donna Del Santo, SSJ

Sisters of Saint Joseph

150 French Road

Rochester, NY  14618-3822

Cell:  585-733-4422

Office:  585-641-8122


We define our lives through prayer, community, and service.



Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Sister Laurie Orman, RSM

Vocation Minister
Sisters of Mercy
1437 Blossom Road

Rochester, NY  14610


phone:  585-288-2710 ext. 118

cell:  585-489-6130
Angie Giuffre
Vocations Promotion Minister
Sisters of Mercy
323 Hazzard Street
Jamestown, NY 14701-8107
cell # 716-499-9161


Institute Website:


Discalced Carmelites
Mother Therese Marie of Jesus Crucified, OCD, Prioress



Franciscan Sisters of Allegany
Sr. Chris Treichel, OSF



Monastery of Mary the Queen
Dominican Contemplative Nuns

A group of women seeking God in mutual trust, respect and
continuity with the monastic tradition...
1310 W Church St
Elmira, NY 14905-1998
(607) 734-9506



School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sr. Janice Nadeau, SSND







Basilian Fathers
Rev. Morgan Rice, CSB
585-266-1288  ext. 1400



Benedictines at Mount Saviour Monastery
The Monastery of Mount Saviour is a community of monks striving to live a simple, genuine and full monastic life according to the Scriptures and the Rule of St. Benedict.



Capuchin Friars of the Province of St. Mary
Rev. John Tokaz, ofm, Cap., Superior
St. Fidelis Friary
7790 County Road 153
Interlaken, NY 14847



Carmelite Fathers



Cistercians of the Strict Observance
Abbey of the Genesee

Br. M. Anthony Weber, OCSO

Vocation Director

585-243-0660  ext. 19



Missionaries of the Precious Blood

Rev. John Colacino, CPPS

1261 Highland Avenue

Rochester, NY  14620




Holy Cross Priests

Rev. Donald Haycock, CSC

St. Lawrence Church

1000 N. Greece Road

Rochester, NY  14626

585-723-1350  ext. 209



The Redemptorists



Society of Jesus (Jesuits)



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