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 the Rev. Tom McCart for restored health
  • General prayer: For Chip and Cindy.
  • General prayer: Prayers for Michael Lynch and family
  • General prayer: Prayers for repose of the soul of Wendell Hercules, beloved husband of Hazeldene
  • Parish in transition: St. Mark’s, Newark; St. John’s, Sodus; and Christ Church, Sodus Point.

Bishop's Writings

Leadership Feedback Reveals Key Formation Areas: Relationship, Stewardship and Leadership

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 

Dear saints,

I hope you and yours are enjoying this joyful Easter season! Pray that the abundance of rain has not caused too many hardships in your area.

Let me share with you a few significant emerging gleanings:

  1. What we are learning about our registered numerical growth in 2016
  2. What we are learning from the sampling of leadership feedback surveys
  3. What some of our Episcopal Church’s emerging visional ferment looks like

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Coverage in regional media about Zion House

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dear saints,

You may have noticed some coverage in regional media about Zion House, a ministry run by Zion Episcopal Church in Avon. They state that Zion House is closing at the end of May, which is not yet determined.

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News

21st Annual Golf Tournament – Episcopal SeniorLife Communities

Monday, May 8, 2017

 

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities (ESLC) is pleased to announce that online registration for the 21st Annual Golf Tournament is now available. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 12, 2017 at Shadow Lake and Eagle Vale in Penfield/Fairport

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Farmworkers Albany Day: Tue, May 23

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Farmworker Albany Day (FAD) is an annual day of protest where advocates, farmworker supporters, and workers from different parts of the New York State converge on the state capitol to call for basic labor and human rights for New York State farmworkers. First held in 1995, Farmworker Albany Day has a rich history of opening the eyes of legislators and the public to the injustices that New York State's farmworkers face. 

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Standing Rock Gathering with Rev. John Floberg

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Standing Rock Gathering  

Friday, May 12, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

St. Peter's Church, Henrietta 

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