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 good health of Deepika Lemech, and for her family.
  • Thanksgiving: In God's call of the Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith to serve as Pastoral Leader of St. John's, Honeoye Falls.
  • For those who have died: For Richard White (grandfather of Andrew D'Angio White), who has died at the age of 91.
  • General prayer: Gracious God, our hearts are broken for the violent death of several individuals on the Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon. We pray for your presence to strengthen those who have lost loved ones. May those who have died rest in your peace. Please help us as a human family to be better stewards of life, both ours and those of others. In your name of grace and peace we pray. Amen.
  • For those who have died: For Grace Stiegler Phipps, sister of George Exley-Stiegler, who has died.

Bishop's Writings

Jesus calls us away from treating creation as disposable

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the US led invasion of Afghanistan. There are lessons to learn. The violence around us and within us should cause us to pause and take stock of our participation in projects of objectification. I grieve for our world where we lose sight of the dignity of human beings who are objectified enough to become dispensable. They are refugees, people who live far away, people we take for granted, migrant workers, young black men and women, the Dalits (outcastes) of our world, doctors without borders (victims of collateral damage) or ________ - fill in the blank.

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Nov. 7: Fun, Food, Fellowship & FOOTBALL at HWS

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Fun Raisers encourage you to join them at the Hobart/St. Lawrence football game on November 7, 2015 at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

Wear warm clothing and bring a dish to pass and your own table service for lunch at 11:00am. Kick off is at noon.  Admission to the game is free for Episcopalians and their guests.

Last year 25 people enjoyed fellowship, football, and plentiful food.  Let’s double that number this year!

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Get Involved - Syrian Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We are facing one of the most significant migrations of our lifetime in the current “refugee” crisis that is reaching global proportions.  As Episcopalians, we are united in our commitment to welcome the stranger among us.  Christ's teachings tell us to act compassionately to those who are vulnerable.  Please consider how you and your parish can get involved - and do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our vulnerable brothers and sisters during this displacement of epic proportions.  Here are some recommendations.  The time to act is now!

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Meet the Nominees for Elected Office

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dear delegates and alternates - meet the nominees for elected office! We will hold elections at Convention 84 on Nov. 14, 2015.

Nominations for Elected Offices

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