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 Mother Mary for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Buz Stewart for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers of gratitude for continued good health for baby Ramona Joy Kohlmeier born July 27, 2017; parents Nate and David Kohlmeier
  • General prayer: Prayers for repose of the soul of Katherine Van den Blink, beloved wife of Han+, and for the family as they mourn.
  • General prayer: Prayers for the repose of the soul of Janice Browning, beloved mother and mother-in-law of Lisa and Richard Krapf+, and for the family as they mourn.

Bishop's Writings

A Busy August Welcomes In Autumn

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear saints,

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Our Leader is a Good Shepherd

Monday, August 14, 2017


Dear friends,

I hope you and yours are enjoying our rather rainy summer. Please join me in rejoicing and thanking God for a successful launch of the first-ever College for Congregational Development sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester. This week-long intensive involved the engagement of eighteen congregational teams of clergy and lay leaders who met and marinated in learning-communities. If you pause a little and take just that information in you will realize that about half of our active diocesan clergy sat in learning communities with their lay leaders to engage in intense aspects of everything from personality characteristics, spiritual practice, change theories and many more important aspects of being church leaders in this changing world.

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Convention Pre-Registration

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday October 27th - Special Event

Dinner & Fellowship

Cost: $30 per person (Attendance is not required for convention delegates)

Cash Bar - 5pm

Dinner - 6pm

Hilton's Double Tree Hotel

1111 Jefferson Road, Henrietta

REGISTER for Dinner & PAY ONLINE HERE (Deadline Oct. 22nd)


Need a hotel room Friday night? 

Hilton's Double Tree
1111 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 
Group rate - $119.00 (does not include breakfast, continental available 7-8am at RIT)
Deadline for hotel overnight reservations – 9/27/17
Number to call – 585-475-1510
Information – We have a block of 30 rooms at this special rate.  Delegates should call the hotel directly and give the Code: EDR for the special rate (max (4) occupants per room).   
Don't forget to bring your tax-exempt form at check-in.



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A Celebration of New Ministry with The Rev. Leslie S. Burkardt

Sunday, September 10, 2017

It was a beautiful day on Saturday September 9th for the Celebration of New Ministry - the official liturgy where Bishop Singh installed Amma Leslie Burkhardt as the 11th Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY!

Participants in the service included The Rt. Rev. Dr. Prince G. Singh, The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn, The Rev. Canon Johnnie Ross, many other clergy.  

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Seminar of Healing Power of Touch

Friday, September 8, 2017


Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue invites you to  a Seminar of Healing Power of Touch: Compassion and Attentiveness

When:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017,  6:45-8:30PM

Where:  Otto A. Shults Community Center, Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14618

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