St. Joseph’s House – Combermere, ON

August 2022:
Donations Centre:
Please make an appointment to drop off donations—

Phone : 1-613-756-3713

Donation Centre will be CLOSED as of SEPTEMBER 11, 2022, for a few months.




re: Donations to Madonna House
We regret we cannot accept the following items:

– TVs that are not flat screen
– worn out appliances and electronics
– used ceiling fans and ceiling lights
– typewriters
– dis-assembled small furniture
– Computer equipment:
–  ink jet printers
–  mice or keyboards
–  anything older than 2015
– textbooks
– encyclopedias
– dubbed cassettes or VHS tapes
– older heavier draperies
– large wall paintings or pictures frames
– stained/dirty toys & child’s equipment
–  yard sale leftovers (If they didn’t buy it from you, they
won’t buy it at St. Joseph’s House.)
–  artificial Christmas trees and yard ornaments

We have limited space to receive larger items. Please call before bringing furniture or household items that are large.


When Madonna House began in 1947 there was only a little six-room house. Everything related to the apostolate was under one roof. This included contacts around the world, the monthly newspaper Restoration, and visitors from far and near.


By the late 1950s, Madonna House in Combermere had grown immensely and it became apparent that those whose life was to be involved in the local area needed a place of their own. The name “Madonna House” was already in use for what was quickly becoming the training centre, so St. Joseph was put in charge of that very special mission, which is located down the road from Madonna House, so near to it, yet with another thrust.


We are a field house in this rural area of the Diocese of Pembroke. As with all our houses, our foremost concern is living out the Gospel of love, first among ourselves and them among all people we meet.


We are in touch with many people in the valley through our clothing room and household item service. Home visiting and the encouragement of family life are among our top priorities. Rural living presents its own challenges and allows us to be with our neighbours in very ordinary ways. We are often allowed to serve in unexpected ways.


We are sustained by the Eucharist and morning and evening prayer together, as well as by poustinias. We pray constantly for the needs of all our neighbours near and far.