getting involved...

Holy Family could not exist without our gracious volunteers. They help in the bookstore, greet guest at the front desk, check-in retreatants and all sorts of other activities that keep us running smoothly. Won't you consider joining this special team? We have a host of volunteer opportunities in our many departments, some of which may be perfectly suited to your pariticular skills and talents. Fill out and submit the volunteer form and our volunteer coordinator, Karen Rossignol, will contact you. If you have any questions, please contact Karen. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteering to Fit Your Schedule & Skills

We can tailor a fulfilling role for you here that is a great fit for your schedule and for your skills! Please fill out our volunteer form to let us know how you'd like to get involved.

Bookstore & Giftshop

The Bookstore is staffed by wonderful volunteers on the weekends.  We are always looking for people who would like to give support on Friday evenings from 5 – 8, Saturdays from 9 – 2:30 and Sundays from 9 – 1.  If this is something that interests you please contact us

Marketing & Development

The promotion of our various ministries to ensure people know about them is a vital part of our volunteer team. Many opportunities to help exist in this area, including: database updating, stuffing mailings, and making phone calls to let retreatants know about their upcoming retreat weekend.

Mass Card Ministry

The people who work and volunteer in our Mass Card Office are truly ministers of compassion. Each year thousands of prayer requests are received and fulfilled. If you would like to share in the opportunity to provide caring and compassion via our Mass Card Ministry, this opportunity occurs during business hours.

Weekday Reception Desk

When you enter the main lobby during our business hours, you are greeted by one of the many volunteers who generously give their time to welcome all who enter. We presently have openings for our Thursday afternoon time slot from 12 to 4 for this position as well as "on call" openings. Time slots are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Weekend Retreat Registration

Our Friday evening retreat registration team is the first point of contact for retreatants. Our volunteer team welcomes and checks in retreatants, directs them to thier room and gives an overview of the building. Committment is Friday evenings (choose from a calendar which our Retreat Office sends out), from 4 to 8 p.m. (Dinner is included).

Special Event Registration

Outside groups rent our facility for thier own events. We rely on volunteers to check in and welcome our groups as well as special events such as Holy Family Concerts. This can be on weekends or odd times during the week. Our Special Events Coordinator, Kasia Owczarek, will contact you with dates.


Holy Family has many opportunites for helping to set up and take down the house for retreat weekends and events. If you like keeping house, join our team! We value the generous gift of your time and talents to help sustain our vital ministry!! Contact us for more information.

I cannot imagine my life without Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. I made my first retreat in June 1999. Since then Holy Family has seen me through the most challenging times in my life. After my husband John’s passing in 2002, I worked through my grief by volunteering, both on retreat weekends and with the music ministry. I still volunteer today. Each weekend I look forward to reconnecting with the many retreatants I have come to know and love over the years, and to meeting new and wonderful people. I have learned on a very deep level that when you give... you receive... and the resulting joy cannot be measured.
- Marilyn Baleshiski

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center

303 Tunxis Road - West Hartford, CT 06107-3119
Phone: 860.521.0440 | Staff Directory
Fax: 860.521.1929 |

Gift Shop Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
The gift shop is open extended hours on retreat weekends, please call for hours.




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