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: Jean for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Mother Mary for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Buz Stewart for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Phil Schaefer for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for repose of the soul of Abner McKee, beloved father of Bill McKee, and comfort for his family who mourn.

Bishop's Writings

A Lenten Message from Bishop Singh

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Epiphany

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dear saints!

Epiphany greetings and Happy New Year! Grace and peace to you and your household!  I have three things to say in this letter: a word on Epiphany, heads up on two significant leadership events, and a call for prayer.

EPIPHANY!

The sun rises and sets everyday whether you notice it or not. When you do pause to soak it in you end up creating a reverent moment. Revelation is not complete until it is realized. The Gospel writer John speaks to this when he says,

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News

St. Patrick's Day Concert

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Another great mission in our Diocese

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I took a ride to Savona, NY recently to learn of a special parish mission supported by the Church of the Good Shepherd.  The Shepherd's Cupboard opens a Food Pantry each month to those in need of food and other items.  They are serving the Campbell / Savona School Districts, covering 92 square miles.  

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to learn more of this great monthly mission!

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Hundreds March Through the Streets of Downtown Rochester

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hundreds of supporters joined a rally at the Central Church of Christ followed by a march to the Liberty Pole through the streets of Downtown Rochester.  Minister Franklin Florence Sr. along with Roc ACTS developed this United Community Response to what they describe as Donald Trump's ongoing hatred and racism.

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