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 a full and speedy recovery
  • 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

Rejoice, Pray and Live Thankfully

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dear saints,

We had a rich 86th Convention of the Diocese. We prayed, engaged, sang, gave, broke bread, celebrated, listened and learned together. Thank you all for your prayers. I thank the delegates, guests and all the leaders for their role in helping us do some good work together. All good wishes and prayers for our elected and appointed bodies as they organize themselves and help govern us. May we steward our relationships as leaders and followers of Christ who move forward together!

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A Note from Bishop Singh Regarding Sutherland Springs

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dear saints,

God our refuge and strength,

You have bound us together in a common life:

Help us, in the midst of our present conflict

to confront one another without hatred or bitterness

to listen for your voice amid competing claims

and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Page 202 A Prayer Book for Australia, The Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation.

 

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News

Nativity Scene Display

Monday, December 11, 2017

St. Luke's in Fairport held a Nativity scene event that was free to the public.  Parishioners were invited to bring their favorite displays from around the world.  
The Nativity scene event was part of the "engaging with the community" strategy that is part of their community outreach.  The total number of displays was 123!  Here are just a few.

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Bishop Visitation and Organ Blessing

Friday, December 8, 2017

Here's a quick video of the Organ Blessing last weekend, during the Bishop's Visitation at St. John's Episcopal Church of Canandaigua last Sunday. 

A beautiful reception brunch followed the service.  The Rev. David Hefling and his staff did a wonderful job with this service, on this first Sunday of Advent!

 

Read more about the Capital Campaign on the organ by scrolling down on this link 

 

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Presiding Bishop Curry to Keynote Education Equity Symposium

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Are you and your congregation seeking a meaningful, mutually transformative way to build community, serve children and families, and live out the Gospel call to seek justice? Join All Our Children January 16 - 18 for a national conference exploring the urgent opportunity the church has to help bring about equity and justice in public education. Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael B.

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