Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, a way of life

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision: Joy in Christ 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...


  • Parish in transition: St. Andrew's - Caledonia
  • Parish in transition: St. George's - Hilton
  • Parish in transition: St. Luke's - Brockport
  • Parish in transition: St. Thomas - Bath
  • Parish in transition: Grace Church - Scottsville

Bishop's Writings


Thursday, April 18, 2019

An Easter message from Bishop Prince G. Singh

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Friday, March 22, 2019

(This is an updated version from our monthly E-news.)

Lent is our opportunity to face up to the values we have carried in our assumptions. We recently read about, and some of us even saw images of terrorism in New Zealand. Such actions originate from manifestations of Islamophobia that grow out of an assumption that some (READ MORE) -  Dear saints march 19_19-3.pdf

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Agape Dinner - video

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Agape Dinner is offered to anyone in the community.  It's held by the folks at St. John's in Clifton Springs.  Watch the video to see how it affects those who come to dinner!

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ROC The Diocese - Time to Register!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

ROC The Diocese 2019! 
Join fellow youth as we explore Treasured Community!  Enjoy lots of games, music, food, and have fun learning more about your faith!

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 5:00PM – 
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 12:30PM
Last year's fun seen HERE

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New President Announced

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

(CRCDS) Dear Friends.

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