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: Prayers for Mother Mary for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Buz Stewart for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers of gratitude for continued good health for baby Ramona Joy Kohlmeier born July 27, 2017; parents Nate and David Kohlmeier
  • General prayer: Prayers for repose of the soul of Katherine Van den Blink, beloved wife of Han+, and for the family as they mourn.
  • General prayer: Prayers for the repose of the soul of Janice Browning, beloved mother and mother-in-law of Lisa and Richard Krapf+, and for the family as they mourn.

Bishop's Writings

Our Leader is a Good Shepherd

Monday, August 14, 2017


Dear friends,

I hope you and yours are enjoying our rather rainy summer. Please join me in rejoicing and thanking God for a successful launch of the first-ever College for Congregational Development sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester. This week-long intensive involved the engagement of eighteen congregational teams of clergy and lay leaders who met and marinated in learning-communities. If you pause a little and take just that information in you will realize that about half of our active diocesan clergy sat in learning communities with their lay leaders to engage in intense aspects of everything from personality characteristics, spiritual practice, change theories and many more important aspects of being church leaders in this changing world.

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Summer Happenings and More

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear saints:

Summer rains are here often saturating our part of God’s vineyard. For many of us this is the part of the year when things are winding down and we are making time for rest, relaxation, and refreshment. I pray that you and your loved ones can do that. Roja, Eklan and I look forward to sometime away later in August. Let me remind you of a few happenings!

Launch of College for Congregational Development:
This summer is a busy one for several of us with one of the main investments of the year, the College for Congregational Development, which we will launch next week by the grace of God. Starting next Sunday, July 23, a fully registered week-long intensive on congregational leadership development will engage the first of two modules at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua. This strategic investment has emerged after

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Required Pre-Convention Reading for Delegates

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CONVENTION 86 REQUIRED READING (Pre-read to prepare for convention)

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Witness Palestine Film Festival, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Coming soon: 2017 Witness Palestine Film Festival.

Now in its sixth year, the Witness Palestine Film Festival seeks to enlighten and
entertain us with films and events about the people of Palestine:
their culture, their situation, and their struggle. Complete
information about the Festival is available at

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NEW (2) Diocesan Pre-Convention Meetings

Monday, August 14, 2017

 NEW...(2) Diocesan Pre-Convention Meetings (These are not district meetings)
Delegates may attend either meeting;

October 11th  - St. Peter's Dansville

6:00-6:30 - potluck
6:30-8:30 - meeting

October 12th - St. Peter's Henrietta

6:00-6:30 - potluck
6:30-8:30 - meeting

Meeting topics include (but not limited to):

  • Meet the nominees for elective offices
  • Convention Logistics 
  • Overview of NEW streamlined Convention Agenda
  • 2018 Proposed Budget 
  • Resolutions (submitted and reviewed by resolution committee according to the timelines in the canons)
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