The 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 the Rev. Christopher Luedde and family who mourn the death of his sister, Patricia Luedde Randall on July 27, 2015.
  • General prayer: For Richard Krapf
  • General prayer: For restoration of health for Kim Bailey Carlson, daughter of Nancy Strath Bailey Andrus.
  • General prayer: For the Rev. Terry Price and family who mourn the death of his sister Hildreth Knapp on July 8, 2015.
  • General prayer: For the Rev. Joshua Walters and family who mourn the death of his grandmother, Meridith Armstrong Mahan on July 7, 2015.

Bishop's Writings

The Rev. Barbara M. Humphrey

Friday, July 10, 2015

I write with deep sadness to inform you of the death of the Rev. Barbara M. Humphrey on July 8, 2015. Barbara is survived by her beloved husband, Paul, children and grandchildren.

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Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 2 Update: "It gives me a sense of hope and pride in this house, which is seeking to not just accommodate all opinions but really engage other opinions, while in communion. Which really is the most important part of our common life... while we disagree, we don't need to be disagreeable with one another even with something as holy as our understanding of marriage."

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Deputation Updates: Marriage Equality in the Church

Thursday, July 2, 2015

"For those who didn’t agree, no one is forced to comply with this new Canon. For many who have wanted this change for decades, it was life giving. We are all the Body of Christ."

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Video: Bishops march against gun violence

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On Sunday, June 28, Bishops of the Episcopal Church marched against gun violence. Here are two moving videos of the march, courtesy of Episcopal News Service.

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