The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, as a way of life

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision: Joy in Christ, as a way of life.

Our mission: To grow and develop congregations spiritually, numerically and in missional leadership.

With Christ’s help, we seek to fulfill our mission and vision through:

  • Radical hospitality: Embracing all as equal and beloved members of Christ’s body.
  • Passionate spirituality: Encouraging all members of Christ’s church to be on fire with the Gospel.
  • Thoughtful engagement: Creating safe environments for discussion and works related to justice, peace and equality.

Our Faith

We are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.

We are affirming. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of The Episcopal Church, during our services. We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.

Our Parishes

The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester is a collection of 46 diverse parishes spread throughout the region. Our diocese includes urban parishes in the heart of Rochester neighborhoods, country churches in the northern reaches of Appalachia, parishes in small towns and suburbs, and beautiful lakeside chapels.

We have parishes in Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties - view the parish map to see parishes near you. The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.

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Our Leadership

As Episcopalians, leadership roles are shared by our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, and lay and clergy committee members who are democratically elected at our annual Convention. These elected committees develop the diocesan budget, advise the bishop on matters related to ordinations, guide people through vocational discernment processes, oversee the use and disposition of property, and more. More about elected leadership...

Bishop Singh has served as the VIII Episcopal Bishop in Rochester, New York, since his election in 2008. As bishop, he walks with the 46 diverse parishes that comprise this diocese. More about Bishop Singh...

Latest Prayers

  • General prayer: Prayers for restored health for Bishop Clay Matthews
  • General prayer: Prayers for restored health for Tristan, son of Bliss Owen
  • Prayers for peace: For the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and all places affected by violence.
  • Parish in transition: St. Stephen's, Rochester
  • General prayer: For the Human Family O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace! Prince

Bishop's Writings

September is Here!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I can sense the energy around getting back to the rhythm of work, school, and other such gifts alongside the consciousness of our larger world and our common future — especially with a Presidential election looming over us.

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The Rev. Troy Preston inducted as Christ Church Corning's rector

Friday, October 21, 2016

Christ Episcopal Church in Corning has appointed a Southern Tier native as its new rector.

The Rev. Troy Preston was formally inducted and ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, on Oct. 2. More than 400 clergy and parishioners from throughout the diocese and from Corning-area churches of all faiths attended the service.

The Very Rev. David Hefling, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, delivered the homily.

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Youth in Mission: Missionpalooza 2016!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

This summer fifteen youth from four different churches gathered together for a week of community service in the City of Rochester. The youth, in grades 6-12, spent time at different organizations, all with a different focus on addressing poverty in the city. We served at 540 West Main Street, St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen, St. Mark’s & St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Cameron Community Ministries.

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Rochester, Have Faith

Thursday, October 20, 2016

As leaders of faith communities in Rochester, we are compelled to respond to the white supremacist propaganda disseminated in Pittsford and Brighton in the past two weeks. We do not believe that the perpetrators of these acts represent the people of Brighton or Pittsford. Indeed, citizens in Pittsford made that clear when they marched on Sunday, October 2 to demonstrate that they do not embrace the values expressed by the so-called “White Rochester” group. PittsForward is a shining example of what Rochester truly is: a vibrant interfaith, multicultural and inclusive community.

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