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

  • For those who have died: For the repose of the soul of Erine Blackman, mother of Rhonda Rogers.
  • General prayer: For Rhonda Rogers, formerly of Christ Church, Rochester, who is in discernment for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Texas.
  • For those who have died: For Kelsey Annese, Matthew Hutchison and Colin Kingston, of Geneseo.
  • Prayers for peace: For the people of Afghanistan, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Palestine, Paris, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and all places affected by violence.
  • Parish in transition: St. Peter's, Dansville

Bishop's Writings

A Statement from Bishop Singh about the Primates' Meeting

Friday, January 15, 2016

I am grateful that the primatial communion continues to stay at the table. Their decision to sanction the Episcopal Church for her decision to change the marriage canon is painful. However, if the cost of upholding human personality is a sanctionable offence then I am happy to be part of a faith community that is deemed guilty of such an offence. While our unity is in Christ our differences also are in understanding the love of Christ. I pray that our unity thrives even while our differences are authentically contextual.

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Bishop's Staff Transition

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

From Bishop Prince G. Singh

Dear Friends,

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St. Michael's, Geneseo, responds to tragedy

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Our community is in mourning following the death of the three young adults who died in a home on Wadsworth Street yesterday. It is impossible to understand what the families of these young people are going through. The loss of a child or grandchild is a grief too much to bear.

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Diocese of Rochester to Join "City Sing" on Dec. 20

Monday, December 14, 2015

ROCHESTER - A regional coalition of churches, temples, mosques and non-profit organizations will soon gather to sing for peace and stand against the violence that plagued Rochester and the world this year. On Sunday, December 20, Rochester-area residents of many faiths and backgrounds will unite for "City Sing: For Peace and Unity" at the Public Market, 280 N. Union Street, 14609 at 4:00 p.m. and walk in groups through the Marketview Heights neighborhood (weather permitting), singing songs of peace. 

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