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

  • Parish in transition: St. Luke's - Fairport, NY
  • Parish in transition: St. Luke's - Brockport
  • Parish in transition: St. George's - Hilton, NY
  • General prayer: For the Ennis and Mazzarella families who mourn the loss of their beloved mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Mavis Ennis, on February 28
  • General prayer: Prayers for Phil Schaefer for restored health

Bishop's Writings

The Witnessing and Blessing of Marriage

Monday, November 26, 2018

Dear saints,

As I reflect on the core value behind this Thanksgiving, I can confidently and with wholesome gratitude lift up our Diocesan value of practicing the way of love, in all its healthiest senses, as a family! Honoring a decision of the 79thGeneral Convention of the Episcopal Church I continue to wholeheartedly authorize the trial use of the “The Witnessing and Blessing of Marriage” through the first Sunday of Advent, 2018 and beyond. We are a family in Christ and all are welcome among us.

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Episcopal General Convention 79 Austin, Texas 2018 - Reflections

Monday, July 16, 2018

Thoughts and reflections from your participation in GC79.

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Country says farewell to George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral

Thursday, December 6, 2018

[Episcopal News Service] With a combination of military precision, Episcopal Church liturgy and fond, sometimes humorous, remembrances from his family and friends, the United States on Dec. 5 formally bid farewell to former President George H.W. Bush.

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Service of Thanksgiving and Employee Recognition at ESLC

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Bishop Prince Singh presided along with Chaplains The Rev. Deven Hubert and Mr. James Kealey at the Episcopal Senior Life Communities Service of Thanksgiving and Employee Recognition, at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.  President and CEO Mr. Loren J. Ranaletta and Dr. Sherry Ralston presented the awards to employees who have shown exemplary efforts in their line of work for 2018.  


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Faith in the World Workshop

Monday, November 26, 2018

A one-day workshop was held at St. Paul's, Rochester, featuring Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., the Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her current research, teaching, and writing focus on faith transmission in a hyper-connected digital age and how religious pluralism and declining religious affiliation are opportunities for re-imagining being church.
The workshop was designed for adults who are church school leaders, youth leaders, clergy, and for Christian formation.

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