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: For Claudia Melissa Savoy, granddaughter of Mrs. JoAnn Evans, diagnosed with Epilepsy
  • 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

Here is November's Mission Spotlight

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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A Community Meeting on Global Warming

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Many say it is already too late to save the planet from global warming and the massive humanitarian crises to come. This is not true. Come find out why.

Learn about Paul Hawken and his groundbreaking research on how we can reverse global warming.

Topics include:

●  Addressing climate change without fear

●  80 solutions for lowering the global temperature by 2050

●  How churches, and everyone, can work together

Christ Church 141 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14604 Thursday November 30, 2017 6:30-8:30 PM 

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Bishop Singh Preaches at The Episcopal Diocese of New York

Monday, November 13, 2017

 "Friends,  I had the privilege of preaching at the 241st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, our mother Diocese. It was a joy to speak to such a huge and diverse crowd on ‘Welcoming the Stranger’, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.  I hope I made our Diocese proud!"

Below the pictures is Bishop Singh's sermon.

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