Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, a way of life

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision: Joy in Christ 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

  • Parish in transition: St. Luke's - Fairport, NY
  • Parish in transition: St. Luke's - Brockport
  • Parish in transition: St. George's - Hilton, NY
  • General prayer: For the Ennis and Mazzarella families who mourn the loss of their beloved mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Mavis Ennis, on February 28
  • General prayer: Prayers for Phil Schaefer for restored health

Bishop's Writings


Friday, March 22, 2019

(This is an updated version from our monthly E-news.)

Lent is our opportunity to face up to the values we have carried in our assumptions. We recently read about, and some of us even saw images of terrorism in New Zealand. Such actions originate from manifestations of Islamophobia that grow out of an assumption that some (READ MORE) -  Dear saints march 19_19-3.pdf

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Bishop Singh: A Lenten Message of Love for our United Methodist Siblings

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dear saints in the Episcopal Church,

As I write to you about another concern, I ask that we keep our thoughts and prayers with those impacted by the devastating tornadoes in Alabama and elsewhere this past weekend. 

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Ashes To Go

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rev. Keith Patterson of St. Luke's and  St. Simon's braved the snowy streets of downtown Rochester to administer ashes to go.  Rev. Keith explains there is more to the offering than you might think.  Press the play button and find out!

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11th Annual Ecumenical Good Friday Cross Walk Scheduled

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

11th Annual Ecumenical Good Friday Cross Walk.  The cross walk planning is under way. Our route this year will be on Genesee Street from Aenon Baptist Church to St Monica’s and back.

Gather at 8:45 am - April 19th

Good Friday, a solemn day, provides an opportunity to walk with and for people most in need, hosted by the Greater Rochester Community of Churches / Faith in Action Network.  The cross walk planning is under way. Our route this year will be on Genesee Street from Aenon Baptist Church to St Monica’s and back.

More information coming soon!

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Pancake Races! VIDEO

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

This past Sunday St. Paul's Rochester hosted the running of the clerics! This is an annual pancake race in our diocese in preparation for shrove Tuesday and a Holy Lent.  Competitors raced around a gym while flipping a pancake in their frying pan.  Rev. Padraic Collins-Bohrer served as referee, and Rev. Catherine Tatem served some delicious gumbo after the races.  Donations from each competitor were awarded to the charity of the winning priest.  

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