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 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.
  • General prayer: Prayers for Tony Swan for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for restored health for Bishop Clay Matthews
  • General prayer: Prayers for John Cummings and a speedy recovery

Bishop's Writings

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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Love as Faith in Action

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dear friends,

I'd like to share with you the speech that I gave at the recent gathering of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches (GRCC).

The Rev. Alan Dailey told me that the GRCC's Metropolitan Award is given annually to someone who has through their life and work, shown a willingness to put their Faith into Action. Well, when I look at the kindnesses shared freely and thoughtfully by people in our neighborhoods,

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News

A Message to Delegates from Bishop Singh

Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

Dear friends,

Summer greetings! Hope you and your loved ones are well and planning for some fun-filled times of refreshment, either at home or away. Please read this entire letter as it contains changes in how we will gather and prepare for our Convention this fall! 

 

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Press Release: Canandaigua Rectory to Become Homeless Day Center

Monday, July 17, 2017

St. John’s in Canandaigua has had an empty rectory for nearly 25 years, although over that time they’ve used it for the occasional meeting, offices, the occasional yard sale, and for storage.  Currently the dining room is filled with two huge chest freezers for the Gleaners Community Kitchen, but little else is around.  The circa 1850’s house is a solid Victorian structure in the midst of  the Historic District – a location that has hampered its use by other outside groups and programs. 

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Now Accepting Original Prayers for General Convention

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Submit an original prayer for the 2018 Pocket Book of Prayers

The Board and Staff of the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Churches is inviting submission of original prayers from each diocese to be used in a Pocket Book of Prayers to be available at the 2018 General Convention. The prayers selected for publication will be used throughout the world.

 

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