St. Joseph's Home

950 Linden Street Ogdensburg, N.Y. 13669


Administrators Since Opening New St. Joseph’s Home in 1961:

  • Sister Mary Delores, GNSH 1961-1966
  • Sister Kathryn Healy, GNSH 1966-1970
  • Sister Kathleen Sholette, GNSH 1970-1988
  • Mr. William O’Reilly 1988-2001
  • Mrs. Clare D. Snow 2001-2003
  • Mr. Andrew E. Peterson 2003-2010
  • Mrs. Colleen Steele 2010-Present

Foundation: Ogdensburg City Hospital and Orphan Asylum - 1886

New Home - 1960

Dedication: February 5, 1960, bishop James J. Navagh

Ogdensburg City Hospital Orphan Asylum:

Foundation: November 1885. Grey Nuns of Ottawa, at request of Bishop E.P. Wadhams, converted former Ford Mansion, Our Lady of Victory Convent and Boarding School into asylum for the poor aged, sick, and orphans.

Incorporation: February 8, 1886. Bishop E.P. Wadhams, W.J. Averell, W.L. Proctor, John Hannan, Christopher Louis, J.R. Fitzgerald, J.B. Tyo, Dennis Lunch, Alex Amo, John O’Callaghan, A.A. Valley


Grey Nuns - originally Sr. Mary Patrick and Sr. St. Stephen

Peak Year: 1901 - 20 Grey Nuns, 157 orphans, 48 aged, 300 ill

1902 - separate hospital built opposite the asylum on King Street

Closing: 1959 - child care program

1960 - home for the aged relocated on Lafayette Street

2006 - relocated to 950 Linden Street

St. Joseph’s Home has a history that is almost as old as the Diocese of Ogdensburg which was established in 1872. The original portion of St. Joseph’s was built in 1808 as a home for Nathan Ford, a founder of the city of Ogdensburg.

In 1863 the Grey Nuns from Ottawa took over the house, unused for some time, and operated a boarding school, Our Lady of Victory Academy, for young women until 1879.

Bishop Wadhams recalled the Grey Nuns in 1885 requesting them to reopen the building as a hospital and so-called orphan asylum. Articles of incorporation were drawn up on Feb. 8, 1886 and a Board of Managers named. The first members of the Board were Bishop Edgar {/ Wadhams, William Averell, William Proctor, John Hannan, Christopher Louis, Richard Fitzgerald, John Tyo, Dennis Lynch, Alexander Amo, John O’Callaghan, and Alexander Valley.

The object, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, was to take care of the sick, the aged poor, and orphans. They named the institution Ogdensburg City Hospital and Orphan Asylum. Thus began seventy-five years of dedicated service in the same building, service directed and adapted to the changing needs of the people of the North Country.

When it was recognized that the sick required a more specialized type of care, a separate hospital building was constructed across the street in 1902.

A new entity came into being in 1915 when a separate Board of Directors was named, a change made in its corporate title, and the new structure became known as A. Barton Hepburn Hospital.

The old Ogdensburg City Hospital and Orphan Asylum was also the parent institution for St. John’s Hospital on the Black Lake Road. Opened in 1897 to care for victims of epidemics and later for the care of tubercular patients in St. Lawrence county, it also became a separate corporation and rendered valuable service to the community until it closed in 1955. At the time of its closing, St. John’s was providing nursing care to the elderly.

Monsignor James J. Lacey was named the first priest superintendent of the Ogdensburg city Hospital and Orphan Asylum in 1922, and spearheaded a successful diocesan drive for funds which enabled the corporation to pay off a substantial debt, construct a new power plant, and initiate much-needed renovations.

Upon the death of Monsignor Lacey on Jan. 15, 1942, Monsignor Joseph F. Luker became superintendent. Under his capable direction, the institution, which by then was known as St. Joseph’s Home, continued its services for children and the well aging. In 1959, Msgr. Luker was succeeded by Msgr. Robert Lawler.

St. Joseph’s recognized the changing trends in child welfare with the emphasis on small groupings and foster home care, and began phasing out its children’s program in 1960.

Since its inception, St. Joseph’s had cared for 4,677 children. Sensitive as always to the needs of the people in the area, the Board recognized the demand for skilled nursing care.

Under the direction of Monsignor Robert Lawler, chaplain of St. Joseph’s and Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities, construction of the present St. Joseph’s nursing home was begun in 1960. On Jan. 24, 1961, fifty men and women were transferred from what was "home" to them to the new facility erected on the site of the old Cathedral on Lafayette and Franklin Streets.

Eight years later, a new addition provided space for dietary services, more beds and a larger chapel.

In 1986 a large addition was added to St. Joseph’s Home. The project included the construction of a wing providing 18 patient beds and related nursing services and extensive renovations to the existing building.

The renovations have provided additional private rooms, patient bathrooms, expanded nursing service facilities and offices. St. Joseph’s Home is presently an 82 bed nursing home operated under the direction of a Board of Managers. The bishop of the Diocese serves as the Chairman of the Board with the Director of Catholic Charities serving as the President of the Board. The Bishop appoints six additional members to the Board: Frank Bateman, Dorothy Fuller, Patrick Hackett, Milo MacDougall, Sr. Joan MacElwain, and Jim Seymour.

Now commencing 40 years in its current building, St. Joseph’s can look back across the years and contemplate a history of service and professional but personalized care which has flowed from a deep conviction of the dignity and worth of the person.

The recognition of spiritual values and the eternal destiny of the human being have always provided the "climate" for this Home and the people who come to live here. This is why the chapel, both in the original building and the present structure, is truly the core and wellspring of life at St. Joseph’s.

The Home has always been fortunate in having the Liturgy celebrated on a regular basis in a true community setting. The priestly interest from the local parishes and the chancery, along with the devoted concern of the sisters and staff for each resident is evident and helps to create a unique atmosphere that is noted by many visitors.

The present St. Joseph’s, with its high level of professional care and the utilization of the newest skills and techniques in the rapidly expanding field of gerontology, is still conscious of its humble beginnings.

Because of the dedication and tireless service of the priests, sisters and lay people who have given this venerable organization its rich heritage, St. Joseph’s Home looks forward to a second century of continued service to the people of Northern New York.

The latest renovation, completed in 1996, included renewal of the main entrance and expansion of the recreational area. This capital project was possible through the hard work of St. Joseph’s Foundation and the generosity of the community.

In an effort to keep up with rapid advances in medicine and geriatric care, facilities like St. Joseph’s realized there was a need to change, not so much in the care module, but in terms of the physical environment and types of technology that are used. Therefore, Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, the Board of Managers, residents and staff all agreed that a new building was extremely important as they prepared for the future.

St. Joseph’s Home therefore launched Continuing the Commitment, a capital fund campaign to raise at least $1.1 million in community support for a new home.

The new two-story 70,000 square feet home is situated on a 7.6 acre landscaped parcel located at 950 Linden Street in the City of Ogdensburg and is equipped with state-of-the-art cost effective technology and systems