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: For the Very Rev. David Hefling for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for my daughter Katherine Pepin aged 12 who will be having surgery on her feet Wednesday December 28th.
  • Prayers for peace: For the release of kidnapped girls in Nigeria; for the many who, after two and a half years, have not been seen or heard from. We give thanks to the 21 released to the Nigerian government in October 2016, the first large group to be freed since their 2014 kidnapping.
  • General prayer: Prayers for restored health for Bishop Clay Matthews
  • General prayer: Prayers for restored health for Tristan, son of Bliss Owen

Bishop's Writings

2016 Christmas Message

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Greetings friends, Christmas is a time when there's so much beauty in the air that is gentle: the ornaments that we have on our trees, the wondrous ways in which we try to encourage one another, gathering in places of comfort, eating comfort food and food that helps bring us together.

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News

EYE 2017 Registration is Now Open!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Registration for EYE, the Episcopal Church's triennial youth event, is now open! EYE 2017 will take place from July 10-14, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Our diocese can take 24 high school (current 9th-12th graders) students. 

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You are Invited: Celebration & Thanksgiving for Diocesan House

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On Dec. 9, the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester will hold an open house to gather and give thanks in remembrance of all who serve and served in this space to promote the mission of God.

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Sale of 935 East Avenue

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dear friends,

As the season changes and we approach Advent, I write to provide an update on the process of selling 935 East Avenue and our plans for a future move.

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