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 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
  • Prayers for peace: For the release of kidnapped girls in Nigeria; for the many who, after two and a half years, have not been seen or heard from. We give thanks to the 21 released to the Nigerian government in October 2016, the first large group to be freed since their 2014 kidnapping.
  • General prayer: Healing prayers for Debra and success on her treatment
  • General prayer: Prayers for Dick Henshaw for restored health

Bishop's Writings

Pentecost

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dear saints,

Greetings of Pentecost, a season fertile with the life-giving infusion of the empowering Spirit of the living God! We think of our Muslim sisters and brothers who enter the season of Ramadan.

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A Special Easter Message

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Click here for Bishop Singh's Easter message.

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News

Separating Families: What You Can Do To Help

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

RINA (Rochester Interfaith Network Alive) adopted this Resolution:  

Please Stop Separating the Children From Their Parents at the US/Mexican Border

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Service of Prayer for Separated Families

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them.
Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens.
You must love them as yourself.
Leviticus 19:33-34

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World Refugee Day Service

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Join St. John's Episcopal Church in Canandaigua on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. for an observance of World Refugee Day . . . prayer, reflection and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome!  MORE HERE
 

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