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: Bill Petersen for restored health
  • 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 Mother Mary 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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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.


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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Faith Community Leaders Ask for Farmworkers Rights

Monday, March 19, 2018

[ALBANY, NY] – Faith and community leaders will be asking Governor Cuomo and the members of the State Senate and Assembly for Rights for Those Who Feed New York, by asking for their leadership in supporting the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act (S2721), a Bill that will provide basic labor protections to farmworkers. Farmworkers, most of whom are foreign born, are feeling more and more helpless in an already unprotected environment.

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A Local International Woman’s Day

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Local International Woman’s Day was a great success (for the first one) in Montour Falls, Saturday, March 10. More than 30 women and teens participated at St. Paul’s Parish House, 108 S. Genesee St, Montour Falls. Participants from Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian churches and more were represented.

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A personal message to our Diocese from our Presiding Bishop

Friday, March 16, 2018

I've been assigned by Bishop Singh to attend the Evangelism Matters Conference this week at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Cleveland Heights, OH.  The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry was gracious enough to sit down with me and allow me to record this personal video message to all of you in our Diocese and our community, on why evangelism is so important to us all.  Click HERE to watch his message.


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