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 repose of the soul of Robert Furlong, for his wife, Shirley, and in-laws, the Rev. Terry and Mrs. Dianne Price as they grieve
  • General prayer: Prayers for repose of the soul of Wendell Hercules, beloved husband of Hazeldene
  • For those who have died: For the repose of the soul of Nate Darling, son of the Rev. Georgia Carney and Mark Darling
  • For those who have died: Prayers for the repose of the soul of Vivian Darling, mother and mother-in-law of Mark Darling and the Rev. Georgie Carney
  • Parish in transition: St. Mark’s, Newark; St. John’s, Sodus; and Christ Church, Sodus Point.

Bishop's Writings

To follow this paradoxical Christ is to learn to be bridge builders

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dear saints,

I write to you as I head to Kanuga, a retreat spot in Hendersonville, North Carolina, for the spring House of Bishops meeting.

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News

Prison Ministry Advisory Board: “It’s Time to Raise the Age – Now!”

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Message from our Diocesan Prison Ministry Advisory Board

Recently, it has been announced that legislation for raising the age threshold for where youthful offenders are prosecuted and punished as “adults”, rather than more properly being treated as “juvenile offenders”,  will soon be considered by the New York State Legislature in Albany.  We urge people concerned with this issue to make their views known to their State Legislators and to our Governor. 

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March 29: Bishop's Forum on Police-Community Relations

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How do you define diversity, and how should it be reflected in your police department? Which is preferable, quick response time or proactive patrol and citizen interaction? How do you suggest law enforcement agencies address bias in policing?

Join us to explore these questions and other pressing issues of our time. The chief presenters will be Deputy Chief of Police Wayne Harris and Rev. Lewis Stewart of United Christian Leadership Ministry. A simple dinner will be available.

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Episcopal Diocese Office Hours Update

Monday, February 13, 2017

Dear Friends,

Please note that our office hours have changed. Here is our new office schedule at 3825 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: Working day with office closed for telecommuting (meetings by appointment only)

Thanks!

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