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: Prayers for Ronald Vincent Johnston, father-in-law of the Rev. Suzanne Johnston
  • Thanksgiving: The Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Rector of St. Peters in the Woods, Fairfax Station, Virginia, was elected Bishop Diocesan of Central New York. We welcome our new neighbor, a woman elected to this office in NYS, with joy! Thanks be to God! Alleluia!
  • Parish in transition: St. Stephen's, Rochester
  • General prayer: For the Human Family O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace! Prince
  • General prayer: Prayers for John Cummings and a speedy recovery

Bishop's Writings

Bishop Singh preaches at Women’s Christian College’s centenary in Chennai

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bishop Prince Singh preached the following sermon July 7 during the centenary celebrations of the Women’s Christian College’s Centenary service in Chennai, India. The college is the alma mater of Prince's wife Roja. During the visit, Prince joined in dedicating the Centenary Block, which houses an auditorium, conference halls and classrooms for the college.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight oh Lord, our strength and our Redeemer. Amen.

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News

The Rev. Jimmie Sue Deppe installed in Gates

Friday, July 29, 2016

The parishioners of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Gates, and the wider community of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester came together on Sunday, July 10, 2016, in celebration of the installation of Rev. Jimmie Sue Deppe as the parish’s new rector. This special service was led by Bishop Prince Singh. The ladies of the parish hosted a joyful reception for everyone afterwards.

The Rev. Bryan Cones delivered the sermon, which is below.

Numbers 11:16-17, 24-25
Romans 12:1-18
Luke 10:1-2

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Meet the Nominees for Elected Office: 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dear delegates and alternates - meet the nominees for elected office! We will hold elections at Convention 85 on Nov. 5, 2016.

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Diocese Calls Canon to the Ordinary

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester has called a Canon to the Ordinary. The Rev. Canon Johnnie E. Ross, who for the past eight years has served as rector of St. Raphael Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky, will officially join the Diocese of Rochester on August 15.
 

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