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: Jean for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Mother Mary for restored health
  • General prayer: Prayers for Buz Stewart for restored health
  • 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.

Bishop's Writings

Epiphany

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Dear saints!

Epiphany greetings and Happy New Year! Grace and peace to you and your household!  I have three things to say in this letter: a word on Epiphany, heads up on two significant leadership events, and a call for prayer.

EPIPHANY!

The sun rises and sets everyday whether you notice it or not. When you do pause to soak it in you end up creating a reverent moment. Revelation is not complete until it is realized. The Gospel writer John speaks to this when he says,

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Approaching Epiphany

Saturday, January 6, 2018

 

Dear saints,

I hope you and your loved ones have had a restful and joyful Christmastide and a smooth entry into blustery 2018. The Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Jan 1) is quickly followed by the Feast of the Epiphany (Jan 6)! Both are equally significant in that they encapsulate the Why—because Jesus saves us from ourselves—and the What—and that is why we invite, not convert, others to follow the Jesus Way or join the Jesus Movement. The star of our life, as the familiar song reminds us, is Jesus who calls us:

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News

Gobalpalooza Comedy Hypnotist CANCELLED

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Friends,

With the impending severe winter storm forecasted for this weekend, we have decided to cancel the Globalpalooza Comedy Hypnotist Event at Webster Schroeder High School scheduled for Saturday, January 13.  Our concern is for your safety traveling in ice and snow.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

We are planning on rescheduling this event in the summer.  Until then however, you will receive a full refund for your current tickets through Eventbrite.com.

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Presiding Bishop Curry on Human Trafficking

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has issued the following statement on Human Trafficking.

As we observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2018, it is important

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Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2018 Lenten Meditations Offer a Special Focus on Children

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 

NEW YORK: Episcopal Relief & Development invites supporters to “Learn from Our Children” with this year’s Lenten Meditations, featuring reflections written by staff, partners and friends from around the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.

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